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"Power Rangers" opens in theaters; Dax Shepard, Michael Peña star in big-screen adaptation of "CHiPs." A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Power Rangers
Genre: Action and family
Cast: Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader
Director: Dean Israelite
Rated: PG-13

"Power Rangers" follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.
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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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• Friday, March 24, 2017
A Skull in Connemara
“A Skull in Connemara” by Martin McDonagh; March 17 through April 9, presented by Jobsite Theater, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.jobsitetheater.org.
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Ain’t Retirement Grand
“Ain’t Retirement Grand,” March 4 through April 23, 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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God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” March 16-26, 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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Informed Consent
“Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer; March 15 through April 9, 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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The Odd Couple
“The Odd Couple,” March 23 through April 9, 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.

Note: "The Odd Couple" is a substitute for "The Grapes of Wrath," which has been postponed indefinitely.
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The Ten Tenors
The Ten Tenors, Friday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $42. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Tribute to the King
Tribute to the King, a Dave Thompson production, Friday, March 24, 2 and 7 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
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• Saturday, March 25, 2017
A Skull in Connemara
“A Skull in Connemara” by Martin McDonagh; March 17 through April 9, presented by Jobsite Theater, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.jobsitetheater.org.
 ... Read More 
Ain’t Retirement Grand
“Ain’t Retirement Grand,” March 4 through April 23, 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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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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Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale
Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale; Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $55. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers tribute
Karen Hester and Mark Hinds present a tribute to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 727-369-5746.
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God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” March 16-26, 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.
 ... Read More 
Informed Consent
“Informed Consent” by Deborah Zoe Laufer; March 15 through April 9, 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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The Baby Boomer Comedy Show
The Baby Boomer Comedy Show, Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
The Odd Couple
“The Odd Couple,” March 23 through April 9, 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.

Note: "The Odd Couple" is a substitute for "The Grapes of Wrath," which has been postponed indefinitely.
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• Sunday, March 26, 2017
A Skull in Connemara
“A Skull in Connemara” by Martin McDonagh; March 17 through April 9, presented by Jobsite Theater, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.jobsitetheater.org.
 ... Read More 
Ain’t Retirement Grand
“Ain’t Retirement Grand,” March 4 through April 23, 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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