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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

Bright and attention grabbing animation is one of the most notable factors in the 2022 animated film The Bad Guys.

Review: Go bad or go home

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 17, 2022

Police sirens sound as a gang of mangey misfits exits the bank, bags full of money in hand. Their getaway car skids to a halt as all five of them pile in and escape the scene of the crime.  “The...

Hocus Pocus 2 is a disappinting cash grab that does not live up to the original movie.

Review: They’re back!

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

This new take on this classic Halloween movie has some people pleased, while others believe it’s just another one of Disney’s cheap Disney+ cash grabs. 29 years after the release of the original movie,...

One of the biggest titles of the summer, Stranger Things opened its fourth season with nearly 300 million viewers  its opening weekend.

Groovy Movies: Summer recap

Kennedy Tetour, Staff Writer August 29, 2022

This past summer was one of the biggest and most anticipated summers for film. With both new and familiar titles hitting the silver screen, it got pretty overwhelming to pick what to watch. Here are...

Ride your wave explores feelings of love and loss in a whimsacal story about the ocean.

Groovy Movies: There you are

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor April 25, 2022

"Ride Your Wave" is a 2019 Japanese animated film that explores themes of love, loss and what it’s like to live even when the person you love the most isn’t around anymore.  The movie follows the...

With references to Sonic games and pop culture this movie is for everyone, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a film that both longtime and new fans will enjoy.

Review: Gotta go fast

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director April 20, 2022

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is the long awaited sequel of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie released in 2020. After teasing the introduction of new characters, fans have anxiously awaited the movie's premiere....

Released on April 23, “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train” has become the highest-grossing Japanese film in history, likely due to its action-packed plot and its gorgeous artwork.

Honed to perfection

MJ Smit, Staff Writer May 15, 2021

This review contains spoilers for “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train.”  “Demon Slayer” is a well known show among the anime community, so it’s no surprise that so many...

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...

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 24, 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...

A new spin on the classic story A Christmas Carol shows Charles Dickens and his experience writing the classic holiday book.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas”

December 23, 2020

I have to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started watching “The Man Who Invented Christmas”. I was scrolling through Hulu trying to find something that could be good...

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,...

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