Entertainment

Since when does a chick flick and a “R” rating go together? It’s a melding of the merry minds of Judd Apatow, the king of bromance, and Kristen Wiig, one of SNL’s most talented performers.

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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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PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC!

 

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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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At Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, every day is Earth Day.

It’s not uncommon for the volunteers and staff who operate the 252-acre ecosystem to be caught up to their elbows in dirt, up to their knees in swamp or even with their hands in a beehive. So, as you can imagine, they know how to throw an Earth Day bash for the rest of us.

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The days of gun-slinging roughriders who deliver swift justice might be over, but that cowboy code of honor, integrity and courage is still very present in the men of Southeast Texas. Men who challenge the obstacles of life head on with determination — from business ventures to the fight against a life-threatening disease — are the men who achieve the impossible and inspire courage.

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So what exactly is the source code? As one character relates, “it would take weeks to explain,” and time is something in short supply in this movie. On a morning commuter train traveling into Chicago, Capt. Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) jolts up from a little snooze to find he doesn’t know where he is. His seatmate, Christina (Michelle Monaghan), keeps calling him Sean and his reflection in the train’s window reveals a different face.

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