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  1. Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is armed and extremely evolved

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    It's a good thing Charlton Heston didn't live to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This would've killed him.

    Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader of the ape nation in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (Twentieth Century Fox/MCT) 1154720
  2. 'Planet of the Apes' franchise is a rocky evolution

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    By STEVE PERSALL | Times Movie Critic

    At rock bottom:     Battle for the Planet of the Apes in 1973, with Caesar leading a revolt against humans.
  3. Bollywood's 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' opens in Tampa

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    The only thing not formulaic about this Bollywood movie, opening Friday at AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa, is the name of the main character.

    "Humpty" Sharma?

    Actors Alia Bhatt, left, and Varun Dhawan are reunited for their lead roles in the formulaic rom-com Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
  4. St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Commission taps new leader

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    Tony Armer, co-founder of the Sunscreen Film Festival, was recently hired to lead the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Commission — a job made more difficult in recent years when state funding dried up.

  5. Review: 'Begin Again' is like 'Once' again

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    Begin Again begins like a lot of movies about musicians, but because it comes from John Carney, it isn't ordinary for long. Carney is the Irish filmmaker who made Once, a slight romance fortified by music, now a Broadway hit. Begin Again is set in a vastly different place and level of success, but …

    Keira Knightley is Gretta, a soulful songwriter and musician who attracts the attention of Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a downtrodden music producer, in Begin Again. Knightley contrasts well with Ruffalo.
  6. Review: 'Tammy' is a whammy of a mistake for Melissa McCarthy

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    This summer's hands-down disappointment is Tammy, a mistake we should've seen coming. Looking back at the clues, it was right under our noses.

    Susan Sarandon as Pearl, left, and Melissa McCarthy as Tammy in Tammy.
  7. Bollywood's 'Bobby Jasoos' starring Vidya Balan opening in Tampa

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    When she swung through Tampa in March, Bollywood's "female hero" Vidya Balan was promoting April's Indian International Film Academy Awards and raving about a master class she'd teach there with Kevin Spacey. That never happened as Balan decided to skip IIFA altogether, but she's finally back in Tampa this weekend …

    Vidya Balan, center, plays Bobby, an aspiring private detective who likes disguises, in Bobby Jasoos. It’s one more chance for Balan to play the lead role rather than the leading female character alongside a leading man.
  8. Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is long, loud, ludicrous

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    Even the heartiest Transformers nerd must admit that Michael Bay took his mecha-fetish too far this time. The fourth episode in a saga that didn't need a second, Age of Extinction, is 2 hours and 45 minutes of numbing dumb and dull end credits listing the artists cashing in. It is exactly what moviegoers who made …

    Left to right: Hound, Bingbing Li plays Su Yueming, Stanley Tucci plays Joshua Joyce, Bumblebee, Jack Reynor plays Shane Dyson, Nicola Peltz plays Tessa Yeager, Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager, Optimus Prime, Drift, and Crosshairs in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, from Paramount Pictures.
  9. Review: 'Obvious Child' is rom-com with a bold side

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    Obvious Child is a nervy romantic comedy in which the pathway to love runs through an abortion clinic. It's a movie as unfiltered as its unexpectedly pregnant hero, Donna Stern, a standup comedian who can appreciate the irony of an abortion being scheduled on Valentine's Day.

    Jenny Slate, starring with Jake Lacy in Obvious Child, uses her bawdy sense of humor to great effect.
  10. Multifaceted film, stage and TV actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

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    Eli Wallach, who was one of his generation's most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died Tuesday. He was 98.

    Eli Wallach at his New York home in 2010 a few weeks before he received an honorary Oscar. [New York Times]