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Movie Planner: 'Colossal,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Born in China,' 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise'

INDIE FLICKS COLOSSAL Two types of movies we've seen too many times merge to imaginative effect in Colossal (R). One is monster-stompers like Godzilla, the other any indie dramedy featuring a washout returning home. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo shows they have more in common than you think. Anne Hathaway plays G …

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  1. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch

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    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Dealing with the consequences of misspent youth, Renton (Ewan McGregor, right) returns to Scotland after running out on his mates with drug money, and Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), still wanting payback, runs a failing pub.
  2. Black Maria festival returns to Richey Suncoast Theatre with 10 short films

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The world-famous Black Maria Film Festival will make a stop at Richey Suncoast Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 28, showing a collection of 10 award-winning short films created by filmmakers from around the world. They range in length from four to 15 minutes.

    Joan a documentary about a woman diagnosed with sarcoma who is determined to have a full life, will be one of the films featured at the Black Maria Film Festival at Richey Suncoast Theatre.
  3. Review: Brie Larson is too good for 'Free Fire' shoot-em-up

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    "Wait, I forgot whose side I'm on!" yells someone in the line of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley's lunatic shooting gallery and not much else.

    Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer in a scene from "Free Fire." (Kerry Brown/A24 via AP)
  4. Movie Planner: 'Colossal,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Born in China,' 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise'

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    INDIE FLICKS

    COLOSSAL

    Two types of movies we've seen too many times merge to imaginative effect in Colossal (R). One is monster-stompers like Godzilla, the other any indie dramedy featuring a washout returning home. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo shows they have more …

    Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway in Colossal.
  5. Review: 'The Fate of the Furious' tries too hard, but it's still family

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    The Fate of the Furious had me at Havana, the setting for another shock-paddle start to another moving violation of critical standards. Number eight, but who's counting besides accountants?

    Vin Diesel in the film "The Fate of the Furious." (Universal Pictures)
  6. Movie Planner: Meet 'Gifted' screenwriter from St. Pete, plus The Fate of the Furious

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    'GIFTED' SCREENWRITER: TOM FLYNN

    Octavia Spencer, from left, McKenna Grace and Chris Evans appear in Gifted.
  7. Everything you need to know for the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando

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    Attention: Local nerf herders, Stormtroopers, rebels, Jedis and smugglers alike. Stars Wars Celebration is heading to Orlando this weekend for four days of light saber wielding, TIE fighter flying and learning the ways of the Force.

    The Star Wars Celebration is coming to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for a third time this weekend, bringing celebrity guests from all across a galaxy far, far away.
  8. Review: St. Petersburg-set 'Gifted' a charming child prodigy tale

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    I'm a sucker for movies about child prodigies: Searching for Bobby Fischer, Little Man Tate, anything about boundless young intellect unleashed, hopefully not at childhood's expense.

    Frank (Chris Evans, left) wants to keep his math prodigy niece, played by the talented McKenna Grace, right,  in public school for a chance at a normal life. His snooty mother has other plans.
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  9. Review: Oscar-winner 'Toni Erdmann' awkwardly warm German comedy

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    On paper, nothing about Toni Erdmann suggests how entertaining it can be.

    Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann (2016)
  10. Review: 'Going in Style' does senior stars a disservice

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    A biting 1970s comedy about aging becomes something soft to chew in Zach Braff's Going in Style, a remake with better reasons to exist if he'd explore them.

    Financially strapped retirees Alan Arkin, left, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine decide to plan a heist.
  11. Persall: I was personally insulted by Don Rickles

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    Don Rickles once called me a dummy.

    One of the proudest moments of my life.

    Being insulted by Don Rickles has been a badge of honor for presidents and pipefitters alike for over 60 years. No one within earshot with half a sense of humor was safe.

    Don Rickles, whose insults endeared him to audiences for decades, died Thursday. He was 90.
  12. Movie Planner: 'Look to the Sky' compares brave kids with Superman

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    SUPERMAN LIVES: LOOK TO THE SKY

    Superheroes needn't be faster than bullets or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

    Tampa filmmaker Brett Culp with his son Judah.
  13. Oscar winner Viola Davis tells USF crowd: 'Own your own story'

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    TAMPA — "Who is this Viola Davis woman?"

    Viola Davis, who won an Oscar in February for her role in the film Fences, speaks Tuesday night to an audience of about 3,500 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa. She was booked before winning her Oscar.
  14. Review: 'Ghost in the Shell' is just Scarlett Johansson's latest thrill-kill endeavor

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    Scarlett Johansson is officially Hollywood's face and body of the future.

    Scarlett Johansson’s latest superhuman is Major, her rank in a covert army keeping the metrofantasy New Port City safe.
  15. Review: 'Personal Shopper' changes the conversation on Kristen Stewart

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    Time for a reassessment of Kristen Stewart, a divisive actor with a penchant for appearing detached from everything around her in a movie.

    Kristen Stewart’s seeming indifference works as Maureen Cartwright, employed by a demanding supermodel-designer. French writer-director Olivier Assayas grasps her essence, her twitchy elusiveness. 
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