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April 11, 2014

‘CA: Winter Soldier’ a salute above the average sequel

Movie Review — It’s become pretty ridiculous how good Marvel is getting at making hero movies some of the best released flicks for nearly two decades. More recently when it comes to the “Avengers” gang, there is solid proof that no matter how little exposure they had outside of their comic book roots and despite the rise in ticket prices, it seems they find a way to convince movie goers to keep their wallets open.

Appearances suggest that at least with today’s film of discussion, they are not done putting together stories with pop. As with the prequel released a few years ago, I cannot get enough of the featured hero and after viewing can confidently say this is at least as good if not better than the first chapter. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” not only finds a way to make a classic character fresh with familiar story elements, but presents a commentary that hits close to home in modernly relevant terms.

Set a couple years after events in Avengers, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is doing a decent job adjusting to life after cold storage. However, what he continues to struggle with is a world that is not as black and white as he remembers, and he still butts heads over pre-emptive measures of punishment like military/surveillance gunships preferred by SHIELD Director, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his regular partner Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

However, all must put aside their ideological differences when the very foundation of freedom is threatened (one that seems to not be given up with force, but willingly for sacrificed comfort of mind’s sake) with the emergence of a new foe called the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the force that created him. We find out how strong the Captain’s morals are in this new test and what he might have to do to ensure there is a future not embroiled in a super villain worthy nightmare. The best thing is that you don’t have to feel like something is sacrificed as we get more emotionally invested in every character and get enough action to satisfy even the heaviest junkie.

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Dancing VBS

Following along and getting into a good groove with music teacher Candace Gibson, three-year-old Bailen Davis knew all the moves for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Pauls Valley this week.

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  • Nellie Travis

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  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

    July 17, 2014

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  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

    A couple of area communities are likely feeling a collective sense of relief as a normally well traveled bridge is set to reopen this week.

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  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

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Dawn of Apes Poster

Poster for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

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    Since I’m not rolling in the corporate movie profits and typing from a solid gold i-Pad, you’ll just have to trust me that I’m not being paid off to write so many glowing sequel reviews in recent years.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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