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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Following an extended closure, some movie theaters have begun reopening at limited capacity. However, many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. Some films will be released digitally via vi…

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Apparently, I had to set aside a few hours over the holiday weekend to review “Volition,” a new sci-fi thriller from Giant Pictures — that is, I had no choice. In case you’re worried, no Hollywood press agents showed up at my door with either bribes or threats. If you buy into the film’s pre…

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For many Americans, this year’s Independence Day festivities were modified by an uninvited guest: The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of most events that would draw large crowds. In the Tampa Bay area, that meant no community picnics, no city-sponsored parades and no large-…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Following an extended closure, some movie theaters have begun reopening at limited capacity. However, many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. Some films will be released digitally via vi…

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Isolation and remoteness have long been common horror tropes. It is found in Stephen King’s “The Shining,” with the Torrance family snowbound in the secluded Overlook Hotel. It is found in “The Descent,” in which the characters are stuck in a claustrophobic cavern populated by ravenous creat…

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Honestly, I think I may be going into cinema withdrawal. I miss checking in at the box office. I miss the walk down the long corridor leading to the theater. I miss the smell of buttered popcorn and the rattle of boxed movie candy. I even miss seeing the trailers for coming attractions on th…

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Since everyone has been completely preoccupied with the pandemic, someone at Amazon Studios felt like this was the perfect time to sidetrack audiences with a tried-and-true diversion: a thriller about terrorists hijacking an airplane. “7500” is a tense, cerebral Hitchcockian potboiler that s…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

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As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Similarly, the first chapter of a book and the first 10 minutes of a film can either hook you or dissuade you from continuing.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

One puppet show predates them all. Its characters have been around for centuries — long before the puppets of “Crank Yankers” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and before Kermit and the gang launched “The Muppet Show.” They existed before Sid and Marty Krofft filled 1970s Saturday mornings…

Every so often, a film comes along that proves that concept and style are as important as — if not more important than — visually stunning, big budget special effects. “The Vast of Night” is that kind of film.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Last year at this time, “Avengers: Endgame” was still drawing crowds to area movie theaters. Even venues that ran the film on multiple screens reported sell-out screenings for weeks after its debut.

Whenever a long-running media franchise spawns a new incarnation, it’s bound cause dissention amongst the ranks. Fans can be fanatical at times, and when a new creative team comes along and gives their beloved characters a makeover, it’s not unusual to hear disparagement and denunciation. So…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

One of the most common questions I see posed by novice writers when seeking guidance from an established author in the field is about the creative process: Do you outline your story before you start writing? The quick, simple answer is yes, of course. In reality, though, it’s more complicated.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Call me a glutton for punishment, but during these troubled times — with a pandemic creating social, political and economic chaos and the threat of infection hidden in every cough, on every doorknob and even in the adjoining office cubicle of your asymptomatic coworker — I can’t help but fin…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Here in the middle of a pandemic, it’s easy to latch on to certain elements of a film or television show and draw parallels between art and reality. Don’t get me wrong: “The Willoughbys” has absolutely nothing to do with infectious disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome, or the severe gl…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters are temporarily closed. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

When I was a kid, every Friday evening my parents would visit Haslam’s Book Store — that venerable old business on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg — and I would wander off down the seemingly endless aisles and gaze up in wonder at the towers of dusty tomes stacked to the ceiling. I was cert…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Many movie theaters have either closed or are running at limited capacity. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Timing is everything. When Neasa Hardiman — who wrote the screenplay and directed the science fiction thriller film “Sea Fever” — started working on this project, she had no idea it would be officially unleashed upon a world struggling with the challenges of a pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Many movie theaters have either closed or are running at limited capacity. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Sometimes, setting peculiar stories against an aesthetically pleasing backdrop helps to establish a stylized narrative. In “Tales from the Loop,” the environment plays a critical role with its bucolic scenery and idyllic small-town charm punctuated by odd bits of high-tech debris scattered a…

In recognition of Earth Month, Disney+ will release the Disneynature film “Elephant,” narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, April 3 alongside previously announced “Dolphin Reef,” with narration by Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Many movie theaters have either closed or are running at limited capacity. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via streaming services…

Horror comes in a variety of flavors, varying from peppery and piquant to subtle and understated. Polish film director Małgorzata Szumowska’s “The Other Lamb” is billed as horror, but audiences shouldn’t be in a rush to embrace or eschew the movie based on that imprecise pigeonhole alone. Re…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Many movie theaters have either closed or are running at limited capacity. Many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. The following films are scheduled to be released via video on demand.

Is it just me, or is there something about “Blow the Man Down” – the new black comedy thriller film from Amazon Studios – that calls to mind classic 1990s Coen brothers movies? Written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, the film is set in a secluded Maine fishing village…

A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Billed as everything from arthouse horror to stylish feminist psychological thriller, director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ new film “Swallow” offers a fascinating and often repellant rendering of how the toxic constraints of traditional gender roles can be psychologically catastrophic.

Sometimes, the film that Hollywood delivers fails to meet the expectations of the individual viewer. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad movie — just that it didn’t appeal to a specific viewer.

It’s no secret that a common fantasy among Hollywood filmmakers these days is retreading old ground by rebooting a classic TV show. Recent examples include “Charlie’s Angels,” “CHiPs,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “21 Jump Street” and the latest additions to the seemingly endless franchise bas…

Somehow the standard idiom “apples and oranges” isn’t descriptive enough to adequately demonstrate the incommensurable qualities of the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’d go with something like “apples and batarangs,” personally.

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