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“Baywatch” pairs Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron; Johnny Depp stars in new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Baywatch

Genre: Comedy and action
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Hannibal Buress, David Hasselhoff, Belinda Peregrín, Izabel Goulart, Charlotte McKinney and Pamela Anderson
Director: Seth Gordon
Rated: R
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Looking at this summer’s cavalcade of wannabe blockbusters, it is evident that many aren’t exactly suitable for the youngest members of the family.

Fortunately, Hollywood hasn’t completely ignored that demographic. In fact, filmmakers - and those who invest in their films - are keenly aware that there is still money to be made at the box office with family-friendly films this summer. Last year, such films fared extremely well, with “Finding Dory” (PG), “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG), “The Jungle Book” (PG), “Zootopia” (PG) and “Sing” (PG) all ranking in the top 10 on Box Office Mojo’s 2016 highest domestic grosses.
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Following the success of the “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke” cinema events, GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, the leading distributor of event cinema, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017.

The series will feature Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics, a selection of GKIDS new release titles and an ongoing animated short film mini-festival.
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There’s this really good mom-and-pop pizzeria in your neighborhood - you’ve been there before, and the pizza is excellent. Tonight, you decide to try the calzone.

When it hits the table, you are stunned: The crispy, puffy crescent is bursting at the seams, oozing creamy mozzarella and ricotta, sausage and pepperoni. It’s an overstuffed, scrumptious masterpiece.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is that calzone - better in many ways than what came before it, but quite possibly too much to digest all at once.
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Surely you've heard all the hype - this summer's procession of big-budget cinematic endeavors promises to be among the most sensational ever!

Well, that's what the marketing and publicity people want you to believe, anyway. They've proclaimed it again and again in the endless parade of teasers and trailers that Hollywood has been subjecting moviegoers to since December. They've declared it as panelists in crowded convention rooms at comic book gatherings. They've attested to their certainty by launching early merchandise tie-in campaigns - buy the toy before you see the movie!
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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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Entertainment Calender
• Sunday, May 28, 2017
Alabama
Alabama, Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $26. Visit www.amaliearena.com.
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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Gloucester Blue
“Gloucester Blue” by Israel Horovitz; May 19 through June 11, 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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Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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Three Musketeers
“Three Musketeers,” adapted by Joe Winskye and Bianca Badia of Hat Trick Theatre; May 18-28, in Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.
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• Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Invisible Hand
“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar; May 31 through June 25, 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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• Thursday, June 1, 2017
Gloucester Blue
“Gloucester Blue” by Israel Horovitz; May 19 through June 11, 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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Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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The Invisible Hand
“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar; May 31 through June 25, 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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• Friday, June 2, 2017
Gloucester Blue
“Gloucester Blue” by Israel Horovitz; May 19 through June 11, 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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Psycho Beach Party
“Psycho Beach Party,” by Charles Busch; June 2-18, 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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Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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The Invisible Hand
“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar; May 31 through June 25, 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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Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, Friday, June 2, 8 and 10 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $43.25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
• Saturday, June 3, 2017
Gloucester Blue
“Gloucester Blue” by Israel Horovitz; May 19 through June 11, 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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Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson, Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $39.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Psycho Beach Party
“Psycho Beach Party,” by Charles Busch; June 2-18, 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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Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
 ... Read More 
The Invisible Hand
“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar; May 31 through June 25, 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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• Sunday, June 4, 2017
Gloucester Blue
“Gloucester Blue” by Israel Horovitz; May 19 through June 11, 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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