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'Michael Moore in Trumpland' to show at the Tampa Theatre

No presidential election in the 21st century is complete without Michael Moore putting in his two cents on film.

After laying low for much of the campaign, Moore recently debuted his own October surprise to influence voters: Michael Moore in Trumpland, a speaking gig recorded in Wilmington, Ohio, one of Republican candidate Donald Trump's strongholds of support.

Now, here's another surprise: Moore's movie is booked Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at Tampa Theatre, with the filmmaker appearing live on Skype following next Thursday's 7:30 p.m. screening. Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall will moderate the Q&A session, with audience participation.

After that event, Tampa Theatre will show Mike Judge's cult political satire Idiocracy at 10:15 p.m. A separate ticket is required.

The screening order is flipped for the two previous evenings. Starting times for Trumpland on Nov. 1 and 2 are 9:45 p.m., with Idiocracy starting at 7:30.

Michael Moore in Trumpland isn't a textured documentary like his Academy Award winning Fahrenheit 9/11 and the gun control manifesto Bowling for Columbine. Moore booked the Murphy Theater in Wilmington, filled the place by giving away free tickets, then made a humorous case for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to a largely pro-Trump crowd. The movie was released only 11 days later.

Tickets for Michael Moore in Trumpland and Idiocracy are $11 per screening, with discounts available to Tampa Theatre members. Visit tampatheatre.org for details.

Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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