Sequel to 'The Shining' coming to theaters this weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures

Ewan McGregor in “Doctor Sleep.”

Almost 40 years after “The Shining” was released in theaters, movie-goers will get the thrill of the continuation of the story this weekend with the release of “Doctor Sleep.”

With the novel written in 1977, “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, has one of the most popular films based on Stephen King’s books to date.

And true to time, the film is the continuation of Danny Torrance’s story 40 years after the events he experienced in “The Shining.”

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor, “Moulin Rouge” and “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace”) has fought to find some semblance of peace.

But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran, “I Can I Will I Did”), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”

Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson, “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” and “Life”) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

The critics have given the film a 74 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences have given it a 95 percent.

The critics’ consensus on the website said the film “forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.”

This movie is rated R for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use.

n “Last Christmas,” directed by Paul Feig and staring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh. Kate harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart and you gotta have faith.

This film is rated PG-13 for language and sexual content.

n “Midway,” directed by Roland Emmerich and staring Ed Skerin, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart and Nick Jonas. The film centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of war violence and related images, language and smoking.

The synopsis for each film is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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