Melanie Dishman's archive

At first, the union of Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh and a Marvel comic book hero seems like a mismatch of thunderous proportion. Just think back to Ang Lee and “Hulk” and what a colossal mistake that was. But the mythical gods were with us on this one, and Branagh brings just the right balance to what could have been just another beefcake-in-a-cape caper.

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Sharing screens this summer with super heroes and comic book characters are a lot of promising comedies. So along with the bam, crash, bang, you can enjoy a few laughs, too.

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It doesn’t say much for a movie when the leading man is upstaged by a pachyderm named Rosie. This is no Disney filmed-in-the-wild adventure; this is the highly anticipated film adaptation of Sara Gruen’s phenomenal bestseller, which I think everyone read but me.

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Each year during Oscar season, a lot of movies and actors bubble up for consideration, but only a few are actually nominated. It’s not that these “almost nominees” weren’t worthy; it’s just that something else was a little bit better. Many of these films are just now out on DVD and are worth noting since none of them played in the Beaumont area. Judge for yourself if any of these performances and/or films should have received nominations.

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This feature seems an odd choice for director Joe Wright. His previous films have been lush period pieces such as “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice.” This modern day thriller about a teenage assassin seems a stretch, but Wright brings a fresh perspective to the genre and proves he can step outside his comfort zone.

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