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"Sleight" materializes in theaters; Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega star in thriller "The Circle." A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

The Circle
Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly and Bill Paxton
Director: James Ponsoldt
Rated: PG-13

When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Free film classics and music will be presented each Thursday evening in May on the waterfront in North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The movies and music events are produced by St. Petersburg Preservation. The fun begins with music at 7 p.m. and movies at dark in the park.

As a bonus, Movies at Midtown will also be shown on Thursday, April 27, in the gardens of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.
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For the last 17 years, Hugh Jackman has portrayed the mutant Wolverine, appearing in nine films connected to the X-Men franchise and helping to lay the groundwork for the parade of comic-book based superhero blockbusters that continue to excite fans and generate record-breaking revenue at the box office.

Jackman is back, reprising the iconic character that brought this Academy Award nominated actor into the spotlight. But “Logan” - the new film from director James Mangold - is something altogether different. Sure, it’s about one of the greatest comic book heroes ever created - but, with its well-deserved R-rating, its tightly focused plot, its moribund characters and its pessimistic tone, “Logan” veers off into territory that has previously been left unexplored in the superhero genre.
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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
• Thursday, April 27, 2017
Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
“Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl,” April 20-30, presented by Gulfport Community Players, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Call 727-322-0316 or visit GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $49. Visit www.amaliearena.com.
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” April 27-30, in Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Azure Sky in Oz
“The Azure Sky in Oz,” by William Leavengood, April 21-30, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $37.24. For performance times and tickets, call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren, Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
• Friday, April 28, 2017
98ROCKFEST
98ROCKFEST featuring Soundgarden, A Day to Remember and Pierce the Veil; Friday, April 28, 5 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $39. Visit www.amaliearena.com.
Blast Friday featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Blast Friday featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Friday, April 28, 5:30 p.m., on the 400 block of Cleveland Street directly in front of the Capitol Theatre.

This food and crafts festival features a free live concert every month located in the Cleveland Street District. Food trucks and vendors will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will be available for purchase.

Concertgoers are welcome to bring their lawn chairs to watch the concert. A limited number of VIP and SUPER VIP packages are available for purchase. For more information, visit BlastFridayClearwater.com.
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Daniel Girón
Daniel Girón, Friday, April 28, 8 p.m., at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $27. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre, Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., in Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and military. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
“Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl,” April 20-30, presented by Gulfport Community Players, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Call 727-322-0316 or visit GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Ron White
Ron White, Friday, April 28, 7 and 10 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.75. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” April 27-30, in Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Azure Sky in Oz
“The Azure Sky in Oz,” by William Leavengood, April 21-30, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $37.24. For performance times and tickets, call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Trouble with Cats
“The Trouble with Cats,” by Gary Ray Stapp; April 28 through May 7, at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.

An experienced house-sitting couple gets more than they bargain for when a Minnesota homeowner intentionally double books her lake front home. Personalities collide even further as more guests arrive. Without a head of household, there is little rest or relaxation for anyone ... except for maybe the cat, if they could find the elusive little creature.

For information, visit www.DunedinShowcaseTheater.net or call 727-812-4530.
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang; April 21 through May 7, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit wp.wcplayers.org.
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• Saturday, April 29, 2017
End of the Rainbow
“End of the Rainbow” by Peter Quilter; April 29 through May 28, 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. Ticket prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 727-498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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Florida West Ballet: La Bayadère
Florida West Ballet: La Bayadère, Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m., at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $15. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
“Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl,” April 20-30, presented by Gulfport Community Players, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Call 727-322-0316 or visit GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Richard Elliot
Richard Elliot, Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $39.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” April 27-30, in Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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