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  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ finds success in taking risks, trusting its formula

    Though its box office dominance is undeniable, “Avengers: Infinity War” is almost certain to be the most talked about and controversial of the series. Over the last 48 hours, I’ve struggled to find a way to explain this lead sentence without giving up the plot. Quite frankly, there isn’t a great way to explain it. But know, the series is in good, even if momentarily frustrating, hands. “Avengers: Infinity War” comes 10 years after “Iron Man” and the beginning of the […]

  • Bathroom Blues: Children

    Bathroom-related issues can be uncomfortable to talk about, but when it comes to your children, it’s important to watch for changes and discuss them with their pediatrician. Constipation is one of the most common bathroom problems for children, and while it isn’t usually serious, it can get worse if it isn’t caught early. If your child has infrequent bowel movements or hard, dry stools, they may be suffering from constipation. Bowel movements are voluntary actions, meaning that children can control […]

  • ‘Long Live the King’: Marvel reigns supreme with bold, ambitious ‘Black Panther’

    With each new film, Marvel Studios continues to impress and put every other studio to shame. With “Black Panther,” Marvel took that notion and raised it ten-fold with a bold, ambitious and tasteful film for the ages. “Black Panther,” which picks up after 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” follows T’Challa as he looks to avenge the loss of his dad and take his place as the king of Wakanda. The plot, which is simple and works mainly as an origin […]

  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ finds huge success in taking risks

    If you’ve spent even five minutes looking up “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Google, you’ve probably seen hundreds of opinions either glorifying the “cinematic masterpiece” or damning the film for taking more risks than it’s predecessor, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” If that’s the case, please stop. Put down the phone, drive to your nearest theater and buy a ticket — this movie is best experienced if you make your own educated conclusion before jumping on […]

  • ‘Wonder’ is a kind, heartwarming coming-of-age film with a resounding message

    “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” — Auggie Pullman “Wonder” was absolutely wonderful. It was beautiful, moving and everything a book-to-film adaptation should be. The movie stayed true to the novel and found little ways to avoid frustrating drama cliches — keeping its cinematic integrity intact. The film, directed by Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower), is based on the incredible […]

  • ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ holds steady with excellent cast, derails everywhere else

    For whatever reason, I typically love or hate movies — there’s rarely a feeling in between. But, I found that balance with “Murder on the Orient Express,” which created a somewhat satisfying movie experience. The film, based on Agatha Christie’s wildly popular novel of the same name, is a murder mystery that takes place on a train in Europe. After a man is killed, one of the world’s greatest detectives, who also happens to be on the train, steps in […]

  • Names of 26 killed in Texas church shooting released

    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety released the names Wednesday afternoon of the 26 people killed inside a small Texas church on Sunday. They were identified as: Robert Scott Marshall, 56 Karen Sue Marshall, 56 Keith Allen Braden, 62 Tara E. McNulty, 33 Annabelle Renae Pomeroy, 14 Peggy Lynn Warden, 56 Dennis Neil Johnson, Sr.; 77 Sara Johns Johnson, 68 Lula Woicinski White, 71 Joann Lookingbill Ward, 30 Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5 Robert Michael Corrigan, 51 […]

  • ‘Friend Request’ a forgettable social media mess

    I’m probably going to lose Facebook friends of my own after this review, but I have to be blunt: “Friend Request” was horrible. The movie, which pulls out all of the cheap jump scares, is about a popular college student, Laura, who befriends, both in person and on Facebook, a social outcast named Marina. After Marina becomes obsessed with Laura, the two get into an argument and Laura decides to unfriend her. Days after the incident, Marina mysteriously takes her […]

  • Man who didn’t want to drink alone allegedly breaks into home with beer

    STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man is accused of breaking into a woman’s home with a 12-pack of beer so that he didn’t have to drink alone. At about 10:10 p.m. on Sept. 12, officers went to a home in Stewartstown in reference to a possibly intoxicated man banging on a door and windows, according to the York Daily Record. Police eventually found 39-year-old Sean Patrick Haller inside a woman’s apartment. Documents say Haller had walked into the woman’s apartment […]

  • ‘It’ hits the mark as terrifying yet satisfying coming-of-age film

    It’s rare that I consider a film to be fun and horrifying. Let me rephrase that: “I never find movies to be both fun and horrifying.” But, I thought “It” did an exceptional job of drawing me in from the get-go, keeping me interested and pushing a few laughs out along the way. “It,” based on Stephen King’s wildly popular novel of the same name, takes place in the town of Derry. When local children begin disappearing, a group of […]

  • ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ tops expectations as sensational series ends

    First off, I’m going to clear the air. I love the “Planet of the Apes” series — old and new. Always have, always will. But, this movie was special. In a day where reboots tend to look more like “The Mummy” than “Star Trek,” “The Planet of the Apes” series has reigned supreme — not just in the hearts of fans, but critically and in the box office. Starting with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in 2011, moving […]

  • ‘Spider-Man’ makes his triumphant return to the big screen

    Welcome back, Spidey. It’s been nearly 13 years since the last quality “Spider-Man” movie (“Spider-Man 2,” directed by Sam Raimi) was released, so it didn’t take much to get me excited when I heard my favorite web-slinger was making his way back to the big screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nearly a month after DC released “Wonder Woman,” Marvel released a summer blockbuster of its own in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and showed the film industry how tight its […]