Today's Box Office: It's not easy being Tony Stark

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11's movie critic Jonathan Nettles takes a look at the new movie Iron Man 3.

    Iron Man 3 is a great comic book movie with spectacular action sequences and a character driven story.

    Iron Man 3 gives us a changed Tony Stark, since the events of The Avengers he suffers from panic attacks and doesn't sleep, spending most of his time in his workshop developing new Iron Man suits. In the first Iron Man, Tony Stark emerged from a cave with his new invention that would change the world. Iron Man 3 takes him back to that cave, where all he has to work with are his wits and his ingenuity. The majority of the film is Tony Stark outside of the suit, in fact, some of the best action sequences are performed by Tony Stark, not Iron Man. This is a film about Stark being able to separate himself from the suit to accept his vulnerabilities and learn to live as a mortal man.

    Shane Black is a director who tells a good story and that's what Iron Man 3 did. The plot was much thicker that the previous installments and while you saw several plot twists coming, it still felt surprising and felt as if our hero might not actually make it through this time. As with any film, there were some gaps that needed filling, particularly with Stark's latest Iron Man suit , the Mark 42. One of the main points is that his suit is broken but at times part of it works, and at other times the whole thing works but it fails when it's needed most and even though it's his latest suit, it seems more vulnerable to destruction than any of his others. It would have been nice to see Tony trying to make those elements work thus taking him back further into the cave.

    Overall, Iron Man 3 is a fun movie to watch as are all of the Marvel comic movies. It puts the hero in danger with what feels like genuine risk and takes the necessary steps to come to a conclusion that will leave the audience wondering what next. Did I mention that we get to see more Iron Man suits? That alone is worth the price of admission. Remember, Tony Stark hasn't been sleeping. What's he been doing all those nights?

    As always stay for a post-credits scene. It's not as exciting about scenes from previous films but it's worth sticking around for if you liked The Avengers.

    There's a couple of new movies opening at Market Street Cinema this week, Trance is suspense thriller from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and starring James McAvoy as part of a criminal team whon hides their loot but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover that he has no memory of where he hid it. When physical threats and torture fail to get answers, the gang's leader hires a hypnotherapist to delve into his psyche and unlock his memories.

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