Hal­loween brings block­busters

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There’s a new group of kids in a new town who are taken in by the evil machi­na­tions of ven­tril­o­quist dummy Slappy. Sonny (Jeremy Ray Tay­lor) and his friend Sam (Caleel Har­ris) pick up Slappy at an old creepy house while do­ing a junk run. Of course, they promptly re­cite the in­can­ta­tion found in his pocket, as one does when one hap­pens upon a ter­ri­fy­ing pup­pet, and bring him home. Slappy, who ap­par­ently longs for a fam­ily, is happy to in­gra­ti­ate him­self with Sonny’s sis­ter, Sarah (Madi­son Ise­man), a se­nior strug­gling with a scummy boyfriend and col­lege ap­pli­ca­tions, and their har­ried, snarky mum, Kathy (Wendi McLen­don-Covey). The plot is of lit­tle con­se­quence. All that mat­ters is once Slappy’s out of the box, he wants to make some mis­chief, and mis­chief he makes, with the as­sis­tance of all the crea­tures he brings into ex­is­tence. It’s a shame Goose­bumps 2 misses the mark so badly, when the first film was such a sur­pris­ing and a de­light­ful hoot. Rated PG. TNS


Hunter Killer is a tense thriller di­rected by Dono­van Marsh and writ­ten by Arne Sch­midt and Jamie Moss after the 2012 novel Fir­ing Point by Don Keith and Ge­orge Wal­lace. Deep un­der the Arc­tic Ocean, Amer­i­can sub­ma­rine Capt. Joe Glass (Ger­ard But­ler) is on the hunt for a US sub in dis­tress when he dis­cov­ers a se­cret Rus­sian coup in the off­ing, threat­en­ing to dis­man­tle the world or­der. With crew and coun­try on the line, Capt. Glass must as­sem­ble an elite group of Navy SEALS to res­cue the kid­napped Rus­sian pres­i­dent and sneak through en­emy wa­ters to stop World War III. Also stars Gary Old­man, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens. Rated MA15+. Not pre­viewed


Four decades after John Car­pen­ter in­tro­duced Jamie Lee Cur­tis to the world, she returns as Lau­rie Strode.

The stu­dent of 1978 is now a grand­mother, car­ry­ing the trauma of that All Hal­lows’ Eve. She has ded­i­cated her life to the day mass mur­derer Michael My­ers returns and as a con­se­quence es­tranged her­self from her daugh­ter. Of course, her neme­sis does es­cape and the body count builds. Direc­tor David Gor­don Green (Stronger) has done a great job recre­at­ing the hor­ror that made the orig­i­nal film so memorable. The scene where the au­di­ence are first reac­quainted with My­ers is sure to haunt many view­ers. Hope­fully, it’s not an­other 40-year wait to see an­other se­quel wor­thy of car­ry­ing on Car­pen­ter’s legacy. CTC. An­nelies Gart­ner

Goose­bumps 2: Haunted Hal­loween


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