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

Though the movie was released in the 1980s, the movie “Say Anything” has become a cult classic that captures the trials of teenage love and the complexities of high school.

Groovy Movies: Senior cinema

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor May 4, 2022

Over the years, pop culture has captured the stress, drama and anxiety of the end of the high school. Here are five films that seniors will relate to before they toss their caps. Some of them are funny,...

Though movies like The Hunger Games can be thrilling rides, Suzanne Collinss book uses slower pacing to develop stronger characters and deeper emotions.

Opinion: Don’t judge a book by its movie

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

It's an age-old debate that was never really a debate to begin with: Which is better — the book or the movie? Though some people find the speed of movies more enjoyable and enjoy that films often require...

Beautiful shots and a family centric story make up for Eternals box office flop for Marvel.

Groovy Movies: When you love something, you protect it

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor March 9, 2022

“Eternals” is one of the more overlooked Marvel films, having only made $300 million in comparison to “Spider-Man: No Way Home”’s $1.69 billion. Featuring characters not many people know, and...

“The House,” an animated film on Netflix, is an eerie and mysterious tale of an old house and the many people who have lived in it.

Groovy Movies: I hate this house

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor February 17, 2022

Eerie corridors, scary dark corners, lost memories and untold stories are all things that come together to make “The House” a home.  “The House” was released on Netflix in January of this year....

Summer is right around the corner, which means that boredom is as well. These are our picks of movies to fend off that boredom for the first few days of summer break.

Groovy Movies: Countdown to summer

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director May 21, 2021

With the school year coming to a close and summer break just around the corner, MCHS students are mere days away from months of daytime movie watching bliss. These top four films will keep viewers entertained...

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...

Historically, The Academy Awards have struggled to recognize actors, directors, and writers of color. This years Oscars, however, flipped the script, with nine of the twenty nominations going to people of color

Diversity and the 2021 Oscars

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

On March 25, the 93rd Academy Awards took place at Union Station in Los Angeles. This year's new venue and covid safe precautions did not seem to deter from the usual showcase of Hollywood cringe. However,...

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...

Its not always easy to find what youre looking for on Netflix, which makes it easy to miss movies like Okja, a powerful and quirky film that comments on animal cruelty, the environment, and the issues with capitalism.

Review: 10 hidden gems to discover on Netflix

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

When scrolling through Netflix, it feels like there are endless titles to explore. But, finding an actually enjoyable movie sometimes requires some in depth searching. And why do that when you can go back...

The third installment of the To All The Boys series features poor relationship examples and cliché romance, but could be a good film to watch solely for its subplots and interesting visuals.

Groovy Movies: To all the bad movies I’ve watched before

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director March 10, 2021

My hatred for actor Noah Centineo may be astronomical, but I think we need to talk about the new “To All the Boys” movie. I have officially seen all of these movies, and they’re stuck in a sort of...

Though Black History Month may be over, art created by black creators should be celebrated all year long. Reviewer Emma Westermeier recommends these films for the power and impact of their stories.

Review: 10 meaningful films by Black creators

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

Though Black History Month may now be over, it is important that the stories and history of African-Americans not be forgotten. In many ways, the entertainment industry remains one of the most influential...

Sometimes, the best romantic comedies arent from this decade, but from the not-so-distant past. Movies like 10 Things I Hate About You show that not much has changed about romance in the past 20 years.

Review: Five romantic comedies to stream this Valentine’s Day

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

“The Kissing Booth” has become a staple for Valentine’s Day movies, but there are so many amazing romance movies out there that seem to be forgotten this time of year. If “Kissing Booth” is your...

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