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Political thriller Miss Sloane hits theaters; Bateman, Aniston team up for Office Christmas Party. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Office Christmas Party
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, Courtney B. Vance and Matt Walsh
Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck
Rated: R

In "Office Christmas Party," when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
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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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• Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
Ms. Lauryn Hill: The MLH Caravan
Ms. Lauryn Hill: The MLH Caravan; Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $61.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
• Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
The California Guitar Trio Holiday Show
The California Guitar Trio Holiday Show, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $19.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
• Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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My Three Angels
“My Three Angels,” by Sam and Bella Spewack, Dec. 1-11, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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• Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show
Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show featuring The Fray, Blue October, Colbie Caillat and Joshua Radin; Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
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My Three Angels
“My Three Angels,” by Sam and Bella Spewack, Dec. 1-11, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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• Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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My Three Angels
“My Three Angels,” by Sam and Bella Spewack, Dec. 1-11, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker, a West Florida Dance Center production; Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 and 6 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $25.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
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• Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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My Three Angels
“My Three Angels,” by Sam and Bella Spewack, Dec. 1-11, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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• Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
An Elvis Christmas Special
An Elvis Christmas Special featuring Dwight Icenhower, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2 and 7:30 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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• Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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• Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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• Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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Santa’s Holiday Revue
Santa’s Holiday Revue, Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for children or $26 for a family four-pack. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
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• Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016
A Big Band Christmas
A Big Band Christmas featuring The Ten O’Clock Band, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $14.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
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A Nice Family Gathering
“A Nice Family Gathering,” Nov. 5 through Dec. 18, 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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