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 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. 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. 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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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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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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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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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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Before we can discuss the new American post-apocalyptic adventure film “Love and Monsters,” it is only fitting that we pay our respects to Dick Bennick Sr., better known to Tampa Bay area residents as Dr. Paul Bearer. Bennick, in his more recognizable persona, served as host of the WTOG horr…

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Two rules to live by: 1: Never start a land war in Asia. 2: Never remake a Hitchcock movie.

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During the Golden Age of Hollywood, film studios developed a logical formula for presenting double features. Generally, a well-publicized, big budget production with big-name celebs took the top position while an inferior film served as the second helping. It was Hollywood’s equivalent of pa…

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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. 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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Does anyone knowingly go into an Adam Sandler movie with high expectations? If that sounds unfair, nine films made by Happy Madison Productions, Sandler’s production company, have received scores below 10% at Rotten Tomatoes — including three films that earned a score of 0%. Of course, he is…

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Stephen King was well established as the king of horror by the mid-1980s. He had published a string of novels in the 1970s that included “Carrie,” “’Salem’s Lot,” “The Shining,” “The Stand,” and “The Dead Zone” as well as “Night Shift,” a collection of short stories. Over a 13-year span, his…

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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 the old advertising disclaimer suggests, whenever someone plucks something written for the stage and attempts to adapt it for the screen — be it the big screen or television screen — results may vary. There are plenty of pros and cons to consider. Cinematic adaptations potentially allow c…

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The number of hours I spent wandering hospital corridors as a child is incalculable; probably far more than most kids my age, and probably far fewer than my distorted memory suggests. Between the emergency room admitting area and the 24-hour cafeteria with snack-filled vending machines and 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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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character Sherlock Holmes has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in popularity in the 21st century. Not that tales of the fictional private detective haven’t been admired and enjoyed by legions of devotees ever since the first series of Conan Doyle’s short storie…

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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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Isolation, quarantine and physical distancing: The words refer to simple concepts, really, but 2020 has gone to extreme lengths to make sure everyone in every part of the world understands the basic practices that can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable members of society and …

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According to one of the main characters in “The Devil All the Time,” the world is full of terrible people. That’s not the precise phrase that is uttered more than once — and reinforced by one loathsome character after another in an unending parade of depravity and abomination. The film is ba…

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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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For better or worse, first impressions are critical to modern relationships. In today’s world, that first impression might even take place before two people meet face-to-face in the real world. Potential connections may begin and end on our social media profile page.

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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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When I was 20 years younger, I suffered from mild wanderlust. Weekends provided the raw material required for road trips: time and a complete lack of direction. Hopping into the car for a day’s excursion down the backroads of Central Florida might seem like a meager excuse for adventure, but…

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Imagine being out at sea with no land in sight, no stars overhead and no navigational tools to help chart a course. The sails you depend upon for motion are slack and sagging. The ocean is becalmed and your ship is adrift, at the mercy of unpredictable currents. Although there is a scene in …

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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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There is something unique about “Phineas and Ferb,” the animated musical comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation: Of all the shows that aired on the Disney Channel in the last 20 years, it seems the least Disney-fied. Admittedly, had my daughter not been around when …

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Hallucinogenic rabbit poop has never been used so effectively as a plot device – to my knowledge – as it is in a new horror/comedy/coming-of-age madcap survival adventure. Clearly, there is a lot going on in writer-director Ninian Doff’s debut feature film “Get Duked!” – and somehow all its …

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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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For comic book fans, it feels like it’s been an eternity since a superhero film made its way into movie theaters. It hasn’t been that long, of course — but it sure feels like it. The coronavirus pandemic, a real-world global crisis of the variety that usually provides grim inspiration for Ho…

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Before discussing the new Disney+ adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s “The One and Only Ivan,” I think it is only fair that readers know I haven’t actually read the book yet. My mom has, and she told me about important parts in the plot. “The One and Only Ivan” debuted exclusively on Disney+…

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