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Coffee and Jennifer Lawrence

April 10, 2012 - Mike Donahey
A stop for a cup of joe at Marshalltown's Orpheum Coffee Shop gave me pause to look at the theater’s movie schedule. The tasty brew and schedule check were well worth the time.

“The Bridge on the River Kwai” — a favorite of mine — will be showing at the Orpheum later this month. The World War II epic starred late actors Alec Guinness and William Holden. “Star Wars” fans who only know Guinness as Obi wan kanobe should see him and Holden in the 1957 release.

Holden, throughout much of his career, was like Ryan Reynolds — only better. Note to Reynolds’ fans — he is good and may be Oscar potential — he recently did an admirable job in “Safe House.” Speaking of “Safe House,” it is an adrenalin-pumping, action-packed film also starring Denzel Washington and Brendan Gleeson. Washington is exemplary when playing someone nasty — like his character in “Safe House” — a rogue CIA agent — or the bad cop in “Training Day.” (Washington said the “Training Day” role was a favorite).

Moving on ... “The Hunger Games” was a workman-like effort, but lacking a punch I was expecting. A downside — the characters who were to kill or be killed looked like they stepped out of Seventeen magazine. Upside — Jennifer Lawrence carries "Hunger Games" as she did in the compelling “Winter’s Bone,” a 2010 release in which she earned an Oscar nomination. She will be holding Oscar one day. This just in ... Mattel announced production of a Katniss Everdeen Barbie doll.


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