Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


February 13, 2012

Can't-miss movies: 2012 features big-buzz blockbusters


The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)

Peter Parker tries to solve the mystery of his parents’ disappearance, setting him on the path to becoming Spider-Man.

Why we can't wait: Yes, we question the need for a reboot of the character so soon after Tobey Maguire’s run as Spidey. But, with Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") behind the camera and an introspective take on the character by Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), we're interested.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

Set eight years after "The Dark Knight," Bruce Wayne must once again become Batman when Gotham is threatened by a mysterious villain named Bane who is intent on destroying the city.

Why we can't wait: Director Christopher Nolan redefined the comic-book movie with the first two entries in the series, and expectations are sky-high for this trilogy capper. The casting of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't hurt, either.

The Bourne Legacy (Aug. 3)

Set after the events of "The Bourne Ultimatum," repercussions from those events send another covert operative on the run.

Why we can't wait: It's a Matt Damon-less entry in the series, but it has a cast to die for: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn.

Looper (Sept. 28)

A hitman who takes out victims sent into the past by the mob hesitates when his latest target is the future version of himself.

Why we can't wait: Rian Johnson’s first two films -- "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom" -- were excellent, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis headline this mind-bending time-travel thriller.

Skyfall (Nov. 9)

James Bond returns to theaters for his 23rd adventure.

Why we can't wait: Daniel Craig makes his third appearance as Bond, with Javier Bardem as the villain. The plot is being kept close to the vest for the film, which is being directed by Sam Mendes.

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    A little more than a decade ago, Father Mark Kusmirek learned from a parishioner who worked at JISD that approximately 80 percent of local students were from economically disadvantaged families.

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    Teams from Swink Studio of Dance have racked up several awards this year as they performed in dance competitions from Tyler to Texarkana, said studio owner Jill Swink.

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  • A different route to parenthood provides unexpected blessing

    Love – and motherhood – can come unexpectedly.
    Just ask Jacksonville resident Laura Mullenax, whose foray into the world of adoption with her husband, Tim, began with a challenging start and ended with an unexpected blessing.
    The couple, who are owners of T&L Automotive, are parents to 21-year-old TJ, Tim's son from a previous marriage. However, “we wanted a child between us,” Mullenax said.

    May 10, 2014

  • Mother’s Day a century-old tradition

    This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Mother's Day, when Congress passed a resolution to honor mothers after a multi-year campaign by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to memorialize her mother's lifelong activism, according to the National Women's History Project website.

    May 10, 2014

  • Local reviews ‘Tomato Republic’

    On April 9, I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing the world premiere of The Tomato Republic, a documentary movie about the 2013 Jacksonville, Texas, mayoral election. The film was entered in the Dallas Film Festival within the Texas subjects division.

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    For millions of believers throughout the world, Holy Week is considered the high point of the Christian year, because they recall the series of events in Jesus' life that began with a welcome embrace and ended with his death by crucifixion.

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    TNT (“Thespians ‘N Training”) theatre arts camp will be offered for the 11th consecutive year by Cherokee Civic Theatre.  TNT 2014 will run July 14-26 at the historic Cherokee Theater.

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