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From left, Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler star in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.Fox Searchlight

Movie Planner: 'Magic Mike XXL' fizzles, but don't miss 'Dope,' 'Me and Earl'

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT It's easy for worthy, smaller films to get overlooked in the summer stampede of Hollywood blockbusters. That shouldn't happen to Dope and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for each put fresh spins on teenage movie tropes. Dope (R) stars newcomer Shameik Moore as Malcolm, who unlike most African- …

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  1. Review: Documentary 'Amy' captures tragic flameout of bright star

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    In the opening minutes of Asif Kapadia's superb documentary, we see Amy Winehouse at her most innocent; 16 years old, a bit "gobby" as she later describes this self, singing Happy Birthday to a friend. The alley cat voice is already there. The innocence won't be for long, and neither will Winehouse.

    Amy Winehouse, pictured during a 2008 performance, died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011. She was 27.
  2. Consider your weekend planned with our new feature

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    Can you imagine my incredible fortune? The tasty knowledge sauce in which I marinate daily?

  3. Top 5 patriotic and summer movies of the 1980s

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    Sometime this Fourth of July holiday weekend, you're going to need some down time. Picnics, beaches, fireworks — it's just too much. So start planning ahead for couch time with suitable movies for the occasion. Here are our top 5 favorite movies for a patriotic holiday and top 5 favorite movies for the …

    Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase (front) portray Mom and Dad, with Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall as their kids in the frenzied cross-country comedy, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
  4. Review: 'The Overnight' swings between intimate and uncomfortable

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    Movies about swinging haven't changed much since Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice got cold feet in bed together, way back in '69. From The Ice Storm's key party to A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, swapping sexual partners is usually portrayed as either shameful or a source of nervous laughter.

    Adam Scott, left, and Taylor Schilling play Alex and Emily, married parents newly moved from Seattle to Los Angeles. 
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  5. Movie Planner: 'Magic Mike XXL' fizzles, but don't miss 'Dope,' 'Me and Earl'

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    It's easy for worthy, smaller films to get overlooked in the summer stampede of Hollywood blockbusters. That shouldn't happen to Dope and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for each put fresh spins on teenage movie tropes.

    From left, Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler star in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
  6. Review: Franchise runs out of steam with 'Terminator Genisys'

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    Don't worry about brushing up on Terminator mythology before seeing the latest sequel. There's a helpful prologue in Terminator Genisys that explains everything that happened since 1984, and a movie after that makes much of it useless.

    Skynet’s T-800 model is getting rusty after 31 years.
  7. Review: 'Magic Mike XXL' needs to shut up and dance

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    A fun idea gets a little too big for its g-strings with Magic Mike XXL, a movie that really needs to shut up and dance.

    Front to back: Mike (Channing Tatum), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Ken (Matt Bomer),  Tarzan (Kevin Nash), and Richie (Joe Manganiello) in a scene from Magic Mike XXL. (Warner Bros.)
  8. Review: A crude 'Ted 2' will keep you laughing until the next morning

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    Seth MacFarlane got a bigger budget for Ted 2 and blew much of it in the opening credits, a splashy production number Busby Berkeley would love, led by Ted Clubberlang, a walking, (dirty) talking teddy bear.

     Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, appears in a scene from “Ted 2.”
  9. Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' a cancer story set apart

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    As usual in such movies, the young cancer patient of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes slowly and lovely, putting on a brave, pallid face for someone unlikely who cares.

    Olivia Cooke, from left, as Rachel, Thomas Mann as Greg, and RJ Cyler as Earl star in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
  10. Review: 'Dope' turns familiar coming of age movie into drug caper

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    Whatever definition of "dope" you prefer, it applies to Rick Famuyiwa's movie of the same name. Dope is a drug caper involving teenagers doing stupid things for the geeks they are, the kind John Hughes might have written if he allowed black people in his movies.

    Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is an honor student dreaming of Harvard in a high school dominated by gangs in Dope.
  11. Review: Brainy 'Inside Out' among Pixar's best films

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    A train of thought runs through Inside Out. Seriously, there's an actual train chugging through the candy-colored mindscape of an 11-year-old girl, an ingenious new frontier for Pixar's brand of magic and Disney's magical brand.

  12. Independent documentary 'Cowspiracy' may screen in Centro Ybor

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    Another independently produced documentary that might otherwise skip Tampa Bay needs 84 tickets sold to make a one-time only showing happen. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret examines the global impact of large-scale factory farming including climate change, deforestation and water pollution. So you can see …

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  13. Remembering screen stars Christopher Lee and Ron Moody

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    Legendary screen villain Christopher Lee and Golden Globe winner Ron Moody shared a craft, a homeland and not much else professionally.

    Christopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor who brought dramatic gravitas to the low-budget thrills of Hammer Studios’ 1950s and 1960s horror films and to the more recent “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and two of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels, has died at age 93. [Associated Press]
  14. Review: 'Jurassic World' full of thrills and purposeful sellouts

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    The first dinosaurs we see in Jurassic World are holograms, a transparent fakery when we've waited 14 years for the CGI-real things. Don't worry, they're coming.

    Indominus Rex about to attack in a scene from Jurassic World.
  15. 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Goonies' actor Mary Ellen Trainor dies at 62

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    LOS ANGELES — Character actor and philanthropist Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in The Goonies and Lethal Weapon films, has died.

     In this July 8, 1997 file photo, film director Robert Zemeckis poses with his wife, Mary Ellen, and his son, Alex, 11, next to a cement plaque which bears his signature, hands and footprints outside Mann's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in the "Lethal Weapon" films and "The Goonies," has died. (AP Photo)