Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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Killing a legend

Movie | The Highwaymen takes aim at the wrongheaded heroizing of Bonnie and Clyde
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/25/19, 01:03 pm

At the 2017 Academy Awards a little over two years ago, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the biggest prize of the evening, the award for best picture. It was the first time the two actors had taken the Oscar stage together, and the pairing was meant to evoke the glamor, beauty, and all-around cool the filmmaking industry associates with their revered 1967 classic, Bonnie and Clyde. It was also exactly the image and impulse director John Lee Hancock’s latest film, The Highwaymen, takes issue with.

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Superheroes assembled

Movie | Avengers: Endgame brings the Marvel film series to a mostly satisfying conclusion
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/25/19, 12:39 pm

Is there any way to grade Avengers: Endgame except on a curve? Nothing on the Avengers franchise’s scale—21 films featuring a rotating cast of dozens of interconnected main characters—had ever been attempted before. So the only fair way to judge the finale is how well it merges all the highways, byways, and weird alleyways (ahem, Thor: Ragnarok) before reaching its ultimate destination. On that score you’d have to say it succeeds wildly.

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A richer Les Mis

Television | Format allows PBS series to delve deep into Victor Hugo’s famous characters
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/11/19, 01:41 pm

Over the past decade, in the so-called Golden Age of Television, PBS has more than held its own against behemoth streaming services and big networks. It’s scored massive ratings with Downton Abbey, Victoria, and Sherlock, as well as critical acclaim with Broadchurch and Call the Midwife. If the reaction of U.K. critics and audiences is anything to go by, its latest partnership with the BBC, an expansive, glittering adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, seems poised to carry on the winning streak. 

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