‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ isn’t that scary and isn’t that good, either

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Rated PG-13: Terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithet and brief sexual references. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark’s Tinseltown 17 and Cinemark’s Movies 16. Credits: Directed by Andre Ovredal. Screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman and Guillermo del Toro; from a story by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: ‘Gospel side of Elvis,’ Hogg Maulies, Red Raider Fandamonium, unique play setting and ‘Mary Poppins’

This week’s recommended attractions are varied, ranging from a free outdoor movie for the entire family to an original play taken away from the traditional stage to be performed by Renegade Productions at the Sun ‘n Fun pool. This story focuses on adult emotions. Also available this weekend are an Elvis tribute by the touring … Continued

‘Hobbs and Shaw’ isn’t a great movie … but it can be a lot of fun

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ Rated PG-13: Prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark’s Tinseltown 17, Cinemark’s Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by David Leitch. Screenplay by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, from a story by Chris Morgan, based on … Continued

DiCaprio, Pitt shine in ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ … but overall film left us disappointed

‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Rated R: Language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits – Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Robert Richardon. Edited by Robert Richardson. Production design by Barbara Ling. Costume … Continued

LCT’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ is not just for kids … it’s a terrific show for everyone

‘Matilda’ Attraction: “Matilda the Musical” – with music and lyrics by Tim Minchon, book by Dennis Kelly, based on novel “Matilda” by Roald Deahl. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Where: Lubbock Community Theatre production at Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K. Director: Zachery Kocurek-Gentry. Crew: Annie Burge, music director; Breana Young, choreographer and Delaney … Continued

After seeing ‘Lion King’ remake, Bill and The Boy feel Disney is lion to itself if studio believes new flicks are better than originals

‘The Lion King,’ 2019 remake Rated G Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Jon Favreau. Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson; from a story by Brenda Chapman and characters by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Original music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Edited … Continued

Constable Barnes offers free ‘can shooter’ training: ‘Mexicans and Africans’

(Or, why commissioners must not fund deputies for constables) The Sandstorm Scholar has already noted Jody Barnes’ proclivity for language most find abhorrent. That incident took place before Barnes was elected Constable Precinct 2. However Constable Barnes is no better an actor than citizen Barnes. His penchant for bigoted speech hasn’t changed. The complete story is … Continued

A conservative case for student loan forgiveness

Had a long discussion about student loans recently, as several Democratic candidates are floating the idea of loan forgiveness. My friend started from the standard Republican position of, “If you took a loan you are responsible for paying it back. Screw these spoiled kids who want something for nothing!” I used to think this way, … Continued

Bill’s Best Bets: Wilkinson, Hedges & Corbin at Cactus; Kansas at Civic Center to help Cactus; ‘Matilda;’ ‘Lion King;’ a Food Truck Throwdown

This week’s Best Bets are indeed varied, with music events including a concert by rock band Kansas (seen above), still playing such hits as “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of Know Return” and “Carry On, Wayward Son” – and a smaller show which finds Andy Wilkinson and Andy Hedges partnering on stage not only with … Continued

‘Toy Story 4’ is a good film, but not as good as its predecessors

“Toy Story 4” Rated G. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes IMAX and D-Box), Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Josh Cooley. Screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom; from an original story by Stanton, Folsom, John Lasseter, Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack and Martin Hynes. Music composed … Continued

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