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Kenan directs, Raimi produces Poltergeist remake; Clooney, Robertson star in Tomorrowland. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Poltergeist
Genre: Drama, thriller and horror
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams
Director: Gil Kenan
Rated: PG-13
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Several area movie theaters are offering free or discounted kids’ movies this summer. The 2015 Summer Movie Express will launch Tuesday, June 9 and will run for nine weeks at participating Regal Cinema locations.

Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Will Rogers Institute.

The following Pinellas County theaters will participate in the 2014 Summer Movie Express:
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This summer’s blockbuster fare isn’t really suitable for the youngest members of the family. Never fear - Hollywood didn’t forget there was money to be made at the box office with family-friendly films this summer.

Following is a list of this year’s most anticipated summer family films.

Tomorrowland
Release date: May 22
Genre: Adventure
Cast: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Robinson, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Keegan-Michael Key
Director: Brad Bird
Rated: PG
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This summer, those searching for cinema options that boast content from sources other than comic books will need to seek out independent films at local movie theaters.

One such indie film, "Echoes of War," was scheduled to open Friday, May 15, at Woodlands Square AMC, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, but the showing has been canceled.

Directed and co-written by Kane Senes, "Echoes of War" is an exquisite period piece set in post-Civil War Texas. Part ruminating thriller and part melancholy character study, Senes' first feature film is eloquently barebones, driven by passionate, consummate performances from a talented cast.
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Back in 2013, Joss Whedon sat down for some brainstorming - probably sometime after he stopped thinking about the $1.5 billion that "Marvel's The Avengers" made at the box office - and jotted down a few important components of the film's sequel.

That checklist might have looked something like this:

- Bigger
- Bolder
- More ambitious
- More intense
- More complicated

In all fairness, that blockbuster blueprint is not exclusively Whedon's contrivance ... but it seems to be what Hollywood - and the movie-going masses - have come to expect from big-budget action films, including those based on comic book titles. The heroes have to be larger than life, each new villain has to be exponentially more diabolical and daunting than the last one and the action sequences have to be overstated mind-bending computer-generated-imagery panoplies so bloated with visual information that audience members might risk blowing a cerebral circuit.
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The award-winning documentary film “Running with Demons” by Tampa Bay area filmmakers Tony Armer and J. Declan Flynn recently was nominated for the 19th annual Prism Awards.

The awards ceremony will be presented July 16 in Los Angeles. FX will nationally televise the event in September.

The Prism Awards honor actors, writers, directors and producers for their authentic storytelling of people living with or recovering from mental health and substance use challenges.
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It’s getting to be something of a cliché, really: Instead of blazing new cinematic trails with fresh, innovative scripts, Hollywood returns to its glory days seeking to squeeze more box office profit from previous success stories.

This summer’s parade of movies relies heavily on remakes, reboots and sequels. It’s technically already started. So what if the antiquated Gregorian calendar claims summer doesn’t begin until June 21. For Pinellas County students, the last day of school falls on June 2 this year. For beachgoers, summer kicks off with Memorial Day - which is Monday, May 25.
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What was Morgan Freeman thinking? Freeman - who won an Academy Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for "Million Dollar Baby" - certainly has not fallen on hard times. He isn't exactly scrounging for bit parts: He's set to appear in a number of upcoming films, including the 2016 remake of "Ben-Hur." He doesn't even seem like the type to take on a role strictly for a payday.

When presented with the script for "Last Knights" - which stars Freeman and Clive Owen - the acclaimed American actor, director and narrator must have seen something promising.
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• Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Red
“Red,” by John Logan; May 29 through June 21, with previews May 27 and 28; presented by American Stage Theatre, a professional equity theater, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Call 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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The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Thursday, May 28, 2015
Company
“Company,” with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Red
“Red,” by John Logan; May 29 through June 21, with previews May 27 and 28; presented by American Stage Theatre, a professional equity theater, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Call 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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The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible; May 26-31, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $56. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Tempest
“The Tempest,” from the play by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Davis; May 23 through June 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.

Performances are 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.

Shakespeare’s magic-filled exploration of the politics of colonialism erupts with power and relevance in this one-man spectacle. The play draws startling parallels between Shakespeare’s final work and the post-colonial “New World.” Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, shipwrecks his conniving brother by means of a magical storm.

As the befuddled travelers encounter the ephemeral Ariel, the earthy Caliban, and Prospero’s sheltered daughter Miranda, old rivalries and new romances take root. In another time and place, one man’s voyage from Cuba to the U.S. begins to echo the events and politics of Shakespeare’s play.
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• Friday, May 29, 2015
Company
“Company,” with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line, Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $40.50. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
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