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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION 'Doctor Sleep' a worthy follow-up to 'The Shining' HHHH "The Shining" is by far one of the most well-known and remembered horror films and easily one of Jack Nicholson's most memorable roles as Jack Torrance who is tasked with being the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel before ultimately succumbing to cabin fever and then trying to murder his wife and son. It's a personal favorite of mine and one of many of Stanley Kubrick's best films. I never figured Stephen King would write a novel that took place after it nor did I think that would eventually be translated into a feature film. "Doctor Sleep" has hit the big screen and while it could never fill the shoes of its progenitor, it is definitely cut from the same cloth and hits many familiar tones while also going down a new avenue and introducing some additional characters. The film starts off not too long after what transpired in that snow driven hotel. Young Danny and his mother are trying to move on and find themselves in Florida. The roles originated by Shelly Duvall and Danny Lloyd are filled by new actors as is the one played by Scatman Crothers' Hallorann. Danny is struggling to get past what had happened to them, and seemingly gets through it. The film then jumps for- ward decades and Danny is now Dan and he doesn't seem to be doing well at all. He is played by Ewan McGregor and he's a mess, drinking heavily, getting into bar fights and ulti- mately stealing money from the woman he wakes up next to. Ultimately after a visitation from Hallorann, he decides to get his life back in order and ends up in New Hampshire. He finds solace in an Alcoholics Anonymous program and makes a friend. But lurking is a band of nefarious immortals led by Rebecca Ferguson's Rose. These beings feed off of the fear and screams of others, especially those gifted with the "shine" – the same power Dan has. These creatures set their sights on Abra, a young girl also in New Hampshire who appears to be infinitely powerful. She forms a bond with Dan who has now spent the last eight years as an orderly in a nursing home where he has been given the moniker that is the film's title. McGregor is excel- lent as the mature Danny. Newcomer Kyliegh Curran as Abra stands her own among this cast, but it's the third act itself that stands out. Not afraid to not only harken back to but also to physically return to the Overlook; Dan must face down his internal demons one final time while Abra sees the terrors that he endured and coped with his whole life. Room 237 and its gruesome guest factors heavily into the plot and the callbacks to the original are vivid. I never read King's sequel, so I cannot corroborate whether the film adheres to the book. King has vocifer- ously expressed his dis- pleasure over the decades at Kubrick's film versus his novel. I will say though that this follow up has its definite slow points, to the point that I would've trimmed at least 10 minutes from it to move the pacing along, but it comes together exceptionally well in the last 40 minutes. Director Mike Flanagan should be recognized for helming such a challenging undertaking and pulling off a respectable sequel. The film is rated R. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE EWAN MACGREGOR plays the role of the older Danny in "Doctor Sleep," a sequel to "The Shining." He is joined by newcomer KYLIEGH CURRAN as Abra. The story takes place 40 years after the events of the original.

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