Melanie Dishman

Everyone has a story. That’s why the memoir business thrives. In recent times, it really can be traced back to Mary Karr’s “The Liar’s Club” (1995), a raw account of her childhood under the care of two very dysfunctional parents who happened to live right here in Southeast Texas. It sparked a memoir renaissance as knowns and unknowns decided they also had stories to tell. Karr milked two follow-ups, one of which, “Lit,” has been purchased by HBO with the hopes that it will be adapted for television.

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Sully

‘Sully’

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Rated: PG-13

 

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Johnny Weissmuller. Ron Ely. Christopher Lambert. There are as many Tarzans as there are jungle vines to swing from.

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While the producers of this probably weren’t planning on a sequel, the 2013 movie featuring the Four Horsemen was so well received it begged for more story. Again, you must suspend any disbelief to enjoy this second serving of cotton candy. It’s as fluffy as that confection and just as enjoyable.

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‘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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