Melanie Dishman's archive

The last two months of the year are the best for movie lovers. It’s not that summer movies don’t have their place, but I’ve had enough of super heroes for one year. So bring on the holidays filled with movies of every kind, from comedies to dramas and those important Oscar contenders, and did someone say puppets?

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‘Texas Killing Fields’

Starring: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain

Director: Ami Canaan Mann

Rated: R

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Based on the Beau Willimon play “Farragut North,” a political thriller set on the eve of the Democratic primary in Ohio, this feature starts out with promise but eventually fails to live up to it in the end.

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A gripping drama that addresses the “what if” of an unidentified flu pandemic with no known vaccine, “Contagion” boasts an impressive cast in a variety of roles that give perspective to every facet of such an event. Written by Scott Z.

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An average thriller elevated by casting choices, this is actually a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie “Ha-Hov, meaning “the debt.” Putting the pieces together differently might have made for a more interesting movie, but director John Madden tells a solid story with the same basic elements, although the younger counterparts have the better story than their older selves.

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