Melanie Dishman

‘Captain America: Civil War’

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr.

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

Rated: PG-13

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Summer is coming. The superhero and big action movies featuring the X Men, The Avengers, the Star Trek gang, and even the resurrection of the alien fighting force from “Independence Day,” based on a 20-year old summer hit, are the big tent poles the studios are counting on to bring in big box office. But what about the comedies, animated features and dramas that will fill out the rest of the cinemas this summer? Here’s a look at some of them:

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‘I Saw the Light’

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olson

Directed by: Marc Abraham

Rated: PG-13

 

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It’s not saying much when the best movie I’ve seen so far in 2016 is “Deadpool”—and that was weeks ago. What was more memorable than the show was the theater itself. The new iPic theater in Houston is one amazing place, beginning with the seats. Not seats really, more like your own personal lounger complete with pillow and blanket. But it doesn’t come cheap.

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The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, so let’s recap.

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Photo courtesy of rottentomatoes.com

An obvious fan letter to the golden age of Hollywood — or pretty close to it — this won’t go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movies, but it is a lot of silly fun. Set in the ’50s at the fictitious Capitol Pictures, all of the genres popular to the big studios during that era are represented in grand style with tongue firmly pressed against cheek.

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Something I’ll never understand. For instance, who wrote the rule about rewarding movies no one gets to see unless you live in a “major city”? By the time Oscar night arrives, the general public is lucky to have seen about half the nominees. Andsomewhere it must be written that only the crummy movies can be released in early winter or late summer.

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photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Outside of a small contingency of movie enthusiasts, not many have had the chance to see “Room.” It opened in major cities and then poof — it was gone from theaters in a matter of weeks. But that was just enough time garner its star, Brie Larson, a lot of awards buzz. In fact, right now she is the overwhelming odds-on favorite to win the Oscar for best actress.

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Anyone who attended last week’s screening of “Dirt! The Movie,” the public service documentary project sponsored by the Magnolia Garden Club and the City of Beaumont, will realize that Christopher Nolan’s movie gives an accurate depiction of mankind’s future fate — and it’s not good.

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In what could be dubbed the “Network” for the new millennium, writer and first-time feature director Dan Gilroy taps into our morbid fascination with the grisly sensationalism that passes for evening news, all seen through the eyes of one of the most fascinating characters on screen this year.

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