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“Collide” pits Nicholas Hoult against Anthony Hopkins; Jordan Peele directs thriller “Get Out,” and “Rock Dog” is great family entertainment. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Collide

Genre: Thriller and action
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Felicity Jones
Director: Eran Creevy
Rated: PG-13
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As usual, Hollywood’s holiday gift to the masses is an endless stream of teasers and trailers, offering glimpses of what filmmakers will deliver to cinema screens in the coming months.

The persuasive hype intensifies into a blaring buzz this time of year, compelling movie reviewers and entertainment bloggers to encapsulate the hysteria into bulleted lists that are easy to digest, like the wafer-thin mint that comes at the end of a Christmas feast.

Before trying to forecast which 2017 movies are most likely to make gazillions, let’s take a look at 2016’s most successful endeavors.
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Finally, it’s here: The first of the standalone films that will add depth and context to the Star Wars franchise - a cherished treat for diehard fans and a potential indulgence for lovers of films involving ragtag teams assigned an impossible mission.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” certainly fulfills its purpose as a bridge connecting two important chapters of the grand story arc created by George Lucas. It’s more than that, though. Director Gareth Edwards, working with a script by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, reveals the seedy side of the insurgency, with its lesser-known and sometimes morally ambiguous foot soldiers. “Rogue One” is about the unsung - and sometimes unsavory - heroes whose sacrifices are not customarily recorded by history.
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"Doctor Strange," the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Of course it's good - remarkably good, in fact. More importantly, it's fun and it's easily deconstructed. It's classic good-guy-versus-bad-guy comic book action. It features interesting characters - some with obvious flaws - overcoming adversities and acknowledging their place in society - or, more transcendentally, their significance as part of the multiverse.
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The metaphorical phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” also holds true in the literal sense. In cinema, a correspondingly useful maxim might be “don’t judge a film by its trailer.”

The disappointing “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” provides a perfect example. Cut apart into bite size clips that showcase some of the film’s most dazzling, visually breathtaking scenes, expectations ran high that this adaption of Ransom Riggs’ young adult dark fantasy novel would prove to be a new standard in the popular genre. It’s common practice these days to flood trailers with alluring eye-candy. From a publicity standpoint, it makes sense: Hook audiences with eye-catching visuals and the most rudimentary explanation of plot.
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More so than many recent family-friendly films, Walt Disney Studios “Pete’s Dragon” is unambiguously designed for the younger set - say kindergarteners through about age 10. Its tale is charmingly uncluttered and straightforward, populated with well-defined characters and punctuated with emotional sequences.

That’s not to say older kids and adults won’t enjoy the film. “Pete’s Dragon” is a refreshing throwback to classic children’s fare, free of all the underlying subplots and cultural references that modern filmmakers often insert to keep adults from dozing off at the matinee. There’s nothing wrong with those films - but, all that clutter can sometimes lessen the impact of a good story. Sometimes, it makes a reviewer wonder if writers are competing to see how many crude references to bodily functions they can squeeze into a single summer animated feature.
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With enough action and adventure to fulfill its role as a cinematic thrill ride, “Star Trek Beyond” restores some of the heart and soul of what has been missing in the recent franchise films.

The film, directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, certainly goes beyond expectations, delivering a breath of fresh air into a beloved space saga that is celebrating a milestone.

In 1966, the world was introduced to the crew of the starship USS Enterprise when the first episode of “Star Trek” - Gene Roddenberry’s breakthrough science-fiction television series - debuted on NBC.
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Entertainment Calender
• Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Anybody For Murder
The hilarious comedy “Anybody For Murder,” by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, will open Thursday, Feb. 2, on stage at Just For Laughs Dinner Theatre, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo.

The production will run through April 6. Performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m., with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m., with seating at 11 a.m. Cost for the buffet and show is $36 (cash or check only). For reservations, call 727-466-6546.

Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance and enjoy life with his girlfriend when Mary and George arrive on their Greek island with news: Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune. Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder. All that stands in the way is the presence of a neighbor who knows a thing or two about murder, crime writer Edgar Chambers.

The cast includes Barbara Anthony, Toby Manion, Deb Birchler, Michael Crocket, Selena Vela, and Peter Konowicz.
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Bermuda Avenue Triangle
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Jan. 7 through Feb. 26, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Show times vary by week. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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Eagles tribute featuring 7 Bridges
Eagles tribute featuring 7 Bridges, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.pinellas-park.com or call 727-369-5746. One brilliant hit single after another, 7 Bridges has performed all over the nation and faithfully re-created the experience of an Eagles concert.
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Hello Dolly!
“Hello Dolly!,” Feb. 23 through March 12, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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Joe Turner’s Come & Gone
“Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” by August Wilson; Jan. 18 through Feb. 19, presented by American Stage, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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Red Velvet
“Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti; Feb. 25 through March 26, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 727-498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $40. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Stomp
Stomp, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
• Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
Anybody For Murder
The hilarious comedy “Anybody For Murder,” by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, will open Thursday, Feb. 2, on stage at Just For Laughs Dinner Theatre, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo.

The production will run through April 6. Performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m., with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m., with seating at 11 a.m. Cost for the buffet and show is $36 (cash or check only). For reservations, call 727-466-6546.

Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance and enjoy life with his girlfriend when Mary and George arrive on their Greek island with news: Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune. Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder. All that stands in the way is the presence of a neighbor who knows a thing or two about murder, crime writer Edgar Chambers.

The cast includes Barbara Anthony, Toby Manion, Deb Birchler, Michael Crocket, Selena Vela, and Peter Konowicz.
 ... Read More 
Bermuda Avenue Triangle
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Jan. 7 through Feb. 26, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Show times vary by week. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
 ... Read More 
Hello Dolly!
“Hello Dolly!,” Feb. 23 through March 12, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
 ... Read More 
Joe Turner’s Come & Gone
“Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” by August Wilson; Jan. 18 through Feb. 19, presented by American Stage, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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Justin Hayward
Justin Hayward, Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Peking Acrobats
Peking Acrobats, Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Red Velvet
“Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti; Feb. 25 through March 26, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 727-498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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Rhythm of the Dance
Rhythm of the Dance, Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $27.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
Springing Into Opera
The Matinee Opera Players will present “Springing Into Opera” on Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

The Matinee Opera Players, the city’s resident opera company, will perform show tunes from musicals such as “Camelot” and “South Pacific” as well as arias from Tchaikovsky or Handel. Also on the program will be ‘40s or ‘50s Americana.

All Matinee Opera Players performances are family friendly. Free snacks will be available during intermission. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is plenty of free parking.

The program will be directed by Mario Laurenti and will feature pianist Rena Massey. Admission is “pay what you can.” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CASA.
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• Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Melissa Manchester
Melissa Manchester, Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
• Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Hit Men
Hit Men, Wednesday, March 1, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Red Velvet
“Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti; Feb. 25 through March 26, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 727-498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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