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Any successful writer will agree that a compelling story requires conflict. In literature, conflict can be manifested in competing desires or the presence of obstacles that characters must overcome. Conflict works to propel the narrative forward. Without some form of conflict, there is no story.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Dear Hollywood studios: How many times are you going to try to replicate the success of William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” by luring viewers with a promising new spin but ultimately falling back on the same old worn-out tropes? It’s embarrassing, really: In January, it was “The Cleansing Hour…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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One thing that can be said for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is that in addition to being better — and infinitely longer — than the theatrical version Warner Bros. released in 2017, the new director’s cut is inspirational: At least, it inspired a marathon of bizarre, incomprehensible post-a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The American Sleep Association reports that a study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine shows about 8.4 million people — or about 3.6% of the population — are prone to sleepwalking. Sleepwalking episodes commonly occur a few hours after falling asleep and typically only last …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Before you continue, stop and think: Does the headline above seem familiar? Is it possible you’ve already read this review? Have you experienced this precise moment previously? Are you somehow reliving the same sequence of events? That uncanny sensation of déjà vu could be connected to false…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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As a society, we aren’t exactly comfortable with death. Different communities and different cultures have their own unique traditions and approach the death of a loved one according to custom. Increasingly, Americans have a difficult time coming to terms with the loss of someone close, perha…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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When you are young, forgetting something isn’t a big deal at all. It’s easy to come up with a feasible excuse, especially when you are already juggling too many thoughts at any given moment. Some blame stress or lack of sleep or multitasking. Some can point to their attention-deficit/hyperac…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. British philosopher Alan Watts elaborated, saying “all the do-gooders in the world — whether they’re doing it for themselves or doing it for others — are troublemakers.” Of course, Watts was referring specifically to white Anglo-Saxon …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Remember the reality-warping Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise? Can you believe it’s been 20 years since that movie was released? It was billed as a science fiction psychological thriller – probably because the story drifts aimlessly through half a dozen subgenres before r…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Call it morbid curiosity or armchair psychological analysis, widespread fascination with serial killers is nothing new. The public’s engagement with the grim subject dates back to at least the Victorian era when interest in Jack the Ripper resulted in increasing sensationalism of the murders…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Any filmmaker who accepts the challenge of breathing new life into the exorcism subgenre automatically earns some points with horror afficionados. “The Exorcist,” William Friedkin’s 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of the same name, casts a long shadow. Friedkin’s film proved …

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Exactly how long have we been expecting robots to take over the world? According to Wikipedia, L. Frank Baum introduced his readers to Tik-Tok, the first mechanical man assuming a humanoid appearance, in “Ozma of Oz.” In cinema, among the earliest appearances of a mechanical man came in the …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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For cinephiles, there is an undeniable mystique surrounding “lost” films. How does a film vanish? How could those involved in making it — the producers, the director, the cast and the crew — allow the culmination of their blood, sweat and tears to fade into obscurity? Yet, it has happened ag…

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If you were planning a yearlong round-the-world journey, which famous actors would make your list of potential travel companions? How about Humphrey Bogart, Charlton Heston, Katharine Hepburn, Orson Welles, Jodie Foster, Henry Fonda, Gene Wilder, Robin Williams, and Kathy Bates?

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The first incarnation of Wonder Woman I encountered as a kid wasn’t the superpower wielding, golden lasso carrying Amazonian princess in her iconic red-white-and-blue costume. The first issues I latched onto as a kid — dug straight out of the old cubbyholes at Haslam’s Book Store in St. Pete…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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From the very first scene of the very first act of “King Headly II,” I was hooked: I wanted to immerse myself in the work of August Wilson. The language was powerful. The expressive monologues were lyrical. The depth of characterization was mesmerizing. Depicting everyday people in everyday …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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Most gangster movies make audience members accessories after the fact. The viewer stands witness to a string of crimes committed by the film’s primary character, whether it’s the head honcho — such as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” — or some ambitious underling who is eager to make his bon…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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As a card-carrying member of Generation X, I arrived on the scene a few years after the curtain came down on the Golden Age of Hollywood. That illustrious era closed without an extravagant finale as antitrust actions targeted the monopolies of longtime filmmaking moguls, ending the dominance…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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Sometime in the middle of the 1970s, a family member announced her engagement to her current beau with much as much flourish and fanfare as she could muster. Well into her 40s, the fact that she had not already tied the knot and started a family apparently caused her parents some degree of e…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Most movie theaters remain closed at this time and many film releases have been moved to future dates or delayed indefinitely. However, some films will be released digitally via video on demand.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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Whenever I look back on my childhood memories of Christmastime in Pinellas County, my thoughts drift through hazy recollections of standing in line to see Santa Claus at Tyrone Mall and peering out the car window as my parents drove around Coffee Pot Bayou and the waterfront in downtown St. …

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Everyone has been wondering for years what would finally supplant zombies as the predominant motif in modern horror, and I am starting to wonder if we’re seeing evidence of it now in cinema. This year has seen an uptick in geriatric horror – films in which aging and end-of-life events play a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. As movie theaters begin to reopen, some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available digitally via video on demand.

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Horror films traditionally haven’t fared that well at the Academy Awards. There are a handful of exceptions, including a best picture nomination for “The Exorcist,” considered by many to be the best horror film ever made. In fact, the 1973 film directed by William Friedkin picked up a total …

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