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Vin Diesel reprises role as Xander Cage; M. Night Shyamalan helms thriller “Split” opening in wide release in this theaters this weekend.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Conor McGregor, Tony Jaa, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen and Ariadna Gutierrez
Director: D.J. Caruso
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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• Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
An opening reception for Mixed Emotions
An opening reception for “Mixed Emotions," new mixed media work by Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall, will be presented Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The event is free and open to the public. Sangria and tapas will be served.

Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall knew she was a creative at an early age, and as such, pursued a degree in visual arts. Naturally, she has worked with most traditional mediums over the years, but gravitated towards watermedia early on, for its flexibility and ability to mingle with other media.

Lourdes has been residing and creating art in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years, where she finds lots of local inspiration. Her newest body of work, Mixed Emotions, pushes the medium beyond tradition. It’s an effort to represent favorite subjects in a new way. With boundaries broken, reality is questioned. Chaos is the new order. Old is new again.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.

Call 727-710-7716 or visit www.stpeteartworks.com.
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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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Doublewide, Texas
“Doublewide, Texas,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten; Jan. 13 through Feb. 5, 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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Jeff Lorber
Jeff Lorber, Saturday, Jan. 21, 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.
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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Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli, Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Parfumeire
“Parfumeire,” Jan. 12-22, 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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Peter and the Starcatcher
“Peter and the Starcatcher” playing in rep with “Peter Pan,” through Jan. 29, 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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Proposals
“Proposals” by Neil Simon; Jan. 12-22, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students.
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Riverdance
Riverdance, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 and 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.
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Third Saturday Art & Gallery Walk
Gulfport’s Third Saturday Art & Gallery Walk will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 to 10 p.m., along Beach Boulevard.

The event is home to artisans and craftsmen each month. This month’s selections may include but are not limited to wood crafts, sculpture, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, imported metal art, painted glass, aromatherapy, jewelry, upcycled items, body products, pet products, authors, and other artsy crafts. Live musicians appearing at several venues throughout the waterfront will provide musical entertainment.

There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet- and family-friendly.

For information, visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217.
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Tintypes
“Tintypes,” Jan. 12-22, 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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William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
 “William Shakespeare’s As You Like It,” Jan. 13 through Feb. 5, 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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• Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
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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Doublewide, Texas
“Doublewide, Texas,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten; Jan. 13 through Feb. 5, 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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Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, Sunday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
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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Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $60. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Parfumeire
“Parfumeire,” Jan. 12-22, 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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Peter and the Starcatcher
“Peter and the Starcatcher” playing in rep with “Peter Pan,” through Jan. 29, 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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