Megan Basham

Megan is film and television editor for WORLD and co-host for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All. Megan resides with her husband, Brian Basham, and their two daughters in Charlotte, N.C. Follow her on Twitter on @megbasham.

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Misreading the author

Movie | Tolkien biopic fails to capture the true spirit of the beloved British writer 
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/09/19, 11:27 am

If you aren’t passionate about J.R.R. Tolkien and the world he created in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, you might find Tolkien (rated PG-13 for language and war violence) a perfectly pleasant movie.

Set mostly in Edwardian England with brief forays to World War I–era France, the biopic is heavy on pleasingly musty academic atmospheres and lovely pastoral scenes. Picture the misty, cobbled lanes of Oxford leading alternately to overstuffed armchairs in cozy tea rooms and to glades of flowering cow parsley beneath deep forest canopies. 

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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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