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Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain_America_The_Winter_Solider-PosterWe’re talking about a hero with superhuman powers and a weapon with the ability to pinpoint villains via satellites capable of reading DNA and identifying a propensity to attack. It’s a downright outrageous scenario, but, dare I say, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” still feels like one of the most grounded Marvel movies out there.

After the destruction in New York in “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is attempting to lay low to a degree in Washington, D.C., by continuing to try to acclimate himself to the modern world while lending a hand at S.H.I.E.L.D. when necessary. However, when Steve comes to learn of an initiative to wipe out terrorists via enormous helicarriers that can detect evildoers before they even strike, his faith in the organization waivers. When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) himself has cause to believe that something isn’t quite right at S.H.I.E.L.D., it falls on Captain America to figure out who to trust so that the technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

First and foremost, Evans is just an absolute natural as Steve Rogers/Captain America. There is a cringe worthy throwback to skinny Steve, but otherwise, Evans sells him as an exceptionally capable, believable and thoughtful hero with an honest heart. Whether you’ve seen “Captain America: The First Avenger” or not, in “The Winter Solider,” Captain America experiences an arc that rocks the power to resonate regardless of how many times you’ve seen him in action.

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Interview: Norman’s Dan Byrd

Thanks to particularly successful productions like Easy A and Cougar Town, Dan Byrd is really making a name for himself in the comedy genre. However, that certainly doesn’t mean he shies away from more dramatic projects. In fact, he’s got no problem at all getting serious for a role and his latest film, Norman, really proves it.

Byrd is Norman, a high school kid with some serious issues. Not only is he perpetually worried about his ailing father (Richard Jenkins) who’s dying of cancer and refuses treatment, but his mother passed away in a car accident and, at school, he’s got a mere friend to lean on. Even though he’s smitten by the new girl, Emily, (Emily VanCamp) and she surprisingly takes a liking to him, Norman reaches the point where everything just boils over and he blurts out that he’s got cancer.

See? Not your typical fare for Byrd, but, boy, does he seize the opportunity. In honor of Norman’s October 21st release, Byrd took the time to talk about his entire process from preparing for the role to bringing him to life on set, even under the pressure of a quick shoot. Read all about that and more in the interview below.

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