McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom and walking out of Disney

The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom and walking out of Disney

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence April 8, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom, and walking out of Disney (Episode Two)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches...

Encanto helps to spread the love with a deep familial connection and an understanding that all members of a family are important.

Review: We don’t talk about Bruno

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

Disney's new movie "Encanto" helps to diversify and expand to new horizons by introducing the colorful culture of Colombia. The catchiness of the songs in the movie have helped "Encanto" explode in popularity...

Passionate fans play an important role in making a franchise popular and successful, but they also have the power to tear down franchises that they disagree with.

Opinion: Stop bullying actors for doing their jobs

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

With the recent release of the show “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” a new Captain America is introduced as a more corporate version of Steve Rogers. Played by actor Wyatt Russel, the character is...

Tension between Bucky Banres and Sam Wilson builds after Steve Rodgers retired as Captain America. In The Falcon and The Winter Soldier explored that tension and how the two grow closer as friends and colleagues.

Review: To make amends

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 16, 2021

The Marvel fan base has been in a flurry recently due to the finale of the hit show “Wandavision,” the first update from the MCU since 2019 when “Spiderman: Far From Home” was released. With the...

Studio Ghibli films often have a bright and fun look to them that fits with adventurous stories and adorable characters.

Review: Five Studio Ghibli movies to take you away from reality

MJ Smit, Staff Reporter February 24, 2021

Studio Ghibli is an amazing Japanese animation film studio and is currently placed in Koganei, Tokyo. It’s well known for its animated movies including some short films, commercials, and one television...

WandaVision, which features classic Marvel characters and connects pieces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, creates a mysterious vintage atmosphere that will hook in viewers from episode one.

Review: What’s going on in Westview?

Kennedy Tetour, Artistic Director February 10, 2021

Do you ever think to yourself, “Man, I sure do wonder what happened after the events of Avengers Endgame. Too bad there isn’t a very confusing show to fill me in on the ongoings of the MCU post blip.”...

With just enough time for one final holiday movie, viewers can enjoy “The Muppet Christmas Carol” as a grand send off for the Christmas holiday.

“The Muppet Christmas Carol”

December 25, 2020

The few hours we have left of Christmas may not be as scrapbook worthy as the first few hours of the day, but that is no excuse to stop spending time with your family. Right now is the perfect time to...

A mix of holiday cheer and Halloween fright makes The Nightmare Before Christmas a wonderful holiday movie for viewers who still havent quite processed Halloween yet.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

December 25, 2020

If holiday cheer is not quite your thing and you want something ever so slightly darker and more Halloween oriented, the classic Tim Burton movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” could be the Christmas...

The first film in The Chronicles of Narnia series is adventurous, fun, and will give viewers a nearly two hour escape from the real world.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

December 22, 2020

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a beloved book series written by S. C. Lewis in the 1950s that follows the adventures of four siblings who find a magical world in the back of a wardrobe. The first book...

Holiday cheer and lessons of selflessness and appreciation will bring magic and warmth into viewers lives.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas”

December 21, 2020

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” is a holiday film that features three short stories that feature the Mickey Mouse gang and the holiday related lessons that they learn. The first story shows Huey,...

The Frozen films are not only fun but full of adventure and valuable lessons to be reminded of during the pandemic.

“Frozen” and “Frozen II”

December 20, 2020

I’m sure everyone has seen two of Disney’s most popular films “Frozen” and “Frozen II”. The films feature two royal sisters, a living snowman, an ice harvester, and his pet reindeer. Anna and...

Twas the Night is filled with crazy antics, a con artist santa claus, and terrible acting for all viewers to enjoy over winter break.

“Twas the Night”

December 17, 2020

“Twas the Night” is a hilariously bad holiday movie that originally aired on Disney Channel in December 2001. Directed by Nick Castle, who has led dozens of other productions including the 1991 classic...

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