Laura McDonald

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ is the Perfect Ending to a Perfect Story for Audiences of all Ages

This is a new kind of enemy. We need to find the Hidden World. In the time since Hiccup defeated Drago Bludvist and became Chieftan of Berk, they have been freeing dragons from captivity and bringing them to Berk to live in harmony with Berkians. After the most recent rescue mission, Hiccup seems to be oblivious to the fact that the island has become very crowded until Gobber makes him aware. He recalls a time when he was a young boy when his father, Stoik, told him about a Hidden World where dragons live. After taking a good look around, …

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Rocky Horror Show, The Island Theater

“Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!” at The Island Theater

This October, the talented cast of warp right onto the stage and into the minds of the patrons. Directed by Breanna Shuman and Kayla O’Connor, the production does not miss a beat as it draws the audience further and further into the science fiction story widely known as the Rocky Horror Show! The audience is encouraged to dress up and either buy a bag of props or bring your own (see approved prop list below). Usherette/Magenta (Caitlin Charrier) opens the show with “Science Fiction/Double Feature” as she sets the mood for the entrance of Brad () and Janet (). Blair …

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Kevin Hart Delivers in 'Night School'

MOVIE REVIEW: Kevin Hart Delivers in ‘Night School’

Release Date: September 28, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 51 minutes Grade B- Rated PG-13 Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee “You are one big mixed drink of learning opportunities” Teddy Walker drops out of Piedmont High School in his senior year due to his inability to take tests. Due to his intense charisma, he does well in life as a salesman at Joe’s BBQ City. So well that Joe tells Teddy that he plans on giving the store to him when he retires. Somehow he convinces his girlfriend, Lisa, that he has more financial security than he really does. …

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THEATRE REVIEW: Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at The Island Theater

To be or not to be. Ah, that is the question. Having seen the first performance of The Island Theater’s rendition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), I highly recommend that you ‘be’ at the theater to enjoy it before it fades away into the annals of history. Directed by , whom I recall as the extremely talented actress who portrayed Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, the hilarious sharing of the works of Shakespeare by three of the most enthusiastic young men I’ve ever witnessed will forever be etched in my mind. Bobby Bickles, Vincent Bonilla, and Matt Felts …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Rock Stands Tall in SKYSCRAPER

Release Date: July 13, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 42 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber Light a man’s house on fire and you’ll find out what he truly loves Will Sawyer is a former US war veteran and FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader who now runs a security assessment business from home. He is honored when his former FBI teammate, Ben, recommends him for employment to Zhao Long Ji in Hong Kong. Ji has built the world’s tallest super structure and named it The Pearl. Referenced by Ji as the world’s 8th wonder, The …

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School of Rock The Musical at The Island Theater

Performances:  April 28th – May 6th, 2018 Directors:  Tricia Williams & Evan Bowen Who says that school can’t be fun?  Certainly not anyone who experiences the rockin’ good time delivered by the outstanding cast performing at this May.  The students of Horace Green are accustomed to rules, discipline, and the merit system.  Although all of these qualities are admirable, it takes a slacker with a passion for music to rock their worlds.  The production starts out with Dewey’s band ‘No Vacancy’ performing the song I’m Too Hot for You.  When the band members kick Dewey () out of his own …

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Love Is In The Air: Almost, Maine at the Island Theater

Love is in the air in Almost, Maine. Or is it?  Filled with witty metaphors and peculiar situations, Cariani’s very creative take on life and love in the unorganized town so far north that the residents call it Almost, Maine. The romantic comedy is comprised of eight scenes or vignettes which tell a brief story of two characters with a Prologue, Interlogue, and Epilogue that teasingly winds and wraps around the scenes cleverly creating a ninth vignette. The remaining show times are April 12-14 at 7pm. ACT I Starting with the Prologue, the audience gets a hint that love is …

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Movie Review: The Death of Stalin

Comrade Stalin, I’ll take it from here. In 1953 the feared leader of Russia, Josef Stalin, unexpectedly collapses after a live broadcast of a Mozart recital. Once Stalin is found down, his Deputy General Secretary (Georgy Malenkov) and NKVD head (Lavrenti Beria) begin plotting on who should replace him. The rest of the Central Committee arrive in Stalin’s dacha to help formulate a plan to diagnose and resuscitate their ‘beloved’ leader. After calling in a team of physicians who are not either not in Gulag or dead, they learn that Stalin has suffered a cerebral hemorrhage but recovery is not …

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Go Janglers! Pacific Rim: Uprising Movie Review

The war that we thought we finished is just beginning. Several years following the end of the Battle of the Breach, the Pan Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) have kept their Jaeger Program alive in the event that the Kaiju find another way to open a portal. Jake Pentecost, son of late General Stacker Pentecost, has dropped out of the Jaeger Program to survive on his own by stealing jaeger parts to sell on the black market. As he is attempting to make a deal, he finds out that another orphan named Amara Namani has beat him to the punch in …

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A Reunion Of Lost Brothers “Aida’s Secrets”

Release Date: December 8, 2017 Venue: Regal Cinema Beach Boulevard Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes Directed By: Alon and Shaul Schwarz Grade A You could trust her with anything. She was kind and very sweet. She was very secretive. Aida was 14 years when Germany invaded Poland. At age 20, she found herself in the Bergen Belsen camp as a displaced refugee with a husband and two sons. Years later Izak Szewelewicz became more curious regarding his genealogy since he was raised in Palestine by foster parents. He loved his parents and two foster siblings but as the years …

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