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Charlotte Talks: Film Critics On The Summer Movie Lineup / Preview Of Charlotte's Heroes Convention

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Today, a pop culture happy hour, with superheroes galore! We review the latest summer movies with our local film critics Matt Brunson and Sean O’Connell. Then, a preview of Heroes Con which has become a mainstay annual event for comic book fans. Now in its 36th year, it draws about 50,000 people to the convention center each year and continues to grow. Mike Collins talks with the man behind it all - Shelton Drum.

Part One: Summer Movies with Local Film Critics

The slate of summer movies is upon us. This year has already seen some big blockbusters - with Black Panther released in February and Avengers: Infinity Wars starting the summer season early this year in April.

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Sean O'Connell and Matt Brunson

Some familiar characters are returning in a number of sequels. The latest Star Wars movie Solo has struggled at the box office and could become the first in the franchise’s history to lose money. Is Star Wars fatigue setting in?

The bawdy anti-hero Deadpool is back and so are Disney's family favorites The Incredibles. And dinosaurs roar their way back onto the big screen in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom next week. We'll poll our local film critics about their favorites so far and their most anticipated flicks of the summer.

Matt Brunson, Film reviewer, Creative Loafing

Sean O'Connell, Managing Director, CinemaBlend.com

Part Two: Preview of this weekend's Heroes Convention

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Then, Heroes Con has become a mainstay annual event for comic book fans in Charlotte and draws people from all over the country. The comic book convention, now in its 36th year, is expected to draw as many as 50,000 to the convention center this weekend.

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Heroes Con organizer Shelton Drum.

This convergence of comic book artists, authors, vendors, toy collectors and costumed fans has grown tremendously over the years. We'll meet the man behind it all - Shelton Drum, owner of local comic book shop Heroes Aren't Hard to Find.

Shelton Drum, Owners of Heroes Aren't Hard to Find and Organizer of HeroesCon

HeroesCon is this weekend, June 15-17 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup will be LIVE from the convention center as Heroes Con kicks off Friday morning. Drop by and say hello! Details on Heroes Con.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.