Movies

Movie review: 'Before I Go To Sleep' a decidedly average psych thriller

Again teamed with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to 13 years ago after each night's slumber in the decidedly average psychological thriller "Before I Go to Sleep."


Movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’ is tightly coiled, creepy

The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” – even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun – is his smile.


Marvel unveils slate of films through 2019

LOS ANGELES – "Doctor Strange," ''Black Panther," ''Captain Marvel" and the "Inhumans" are joining the Marvel cinematic universe.


'Ouija' is no horror game changer

I can't help wondering what Hasbro executives were thinking in licensing the company's Ouija board property to Universal Pictures. Just how many copies of this seance-themed novelty item – suitable for players age 8 and up who might be looking to commune with the dead on family game night — were they hoping to sell? A horror movie that practically opens with a shot of someone throwing the infernal thing into a fireplace is not exactly the best commercial.


Keanu Reeves takes his licks in 'John Wick'

Keanu Reeves just turned the big 5-0, but he can still tussle with the best of them. And he needs to in the title role of "John Wick," an action flick in overdrive. The movie is what you'd expect from two stunt-choreographers-turned-directors (David Leitch and Chad Stahelski), with the addition of a few fun flourishes.


Murray delights as curmudgeonly 'Vincent'

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it – and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon – we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures.


‘Best of Me’ is the worst

The lame “The Best of Me” is the worst of romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks. It’s soppy swill masquerading as drama that even for Sparks is more nauseating than usual. And poor James Marsden (“X-Men”),  Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”) and Gerald McRaney (“Deadwood”), all trapped inside a mawkish mess that required a pair of screenwriters to put forth. It’s a double dose of treacle. Too bad Marsden couldn’t use his mutant ability as Cyclops to launch an optic force blast all over the movie and save us all.


'Men, Women & Children' doesn't click

If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it's Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children."


'Book of Life' celebrates death

It's not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro has already been released. Steeped in Mexican folk art and inspired by that country's holiday the Day of the Dead, "The Book of Life" is a visually stunning effort that makes up for its formulaic storyline with an enchanting atmosphere that sweeps you into its fantastical world, or in this case, three worlds.


Halloween happenings in McHenry County and beyond

The following events are taking place for Halloween in the area. To list your event, visit PlanitNorthwest.com/forms/calendar.


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