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  1. 'Korengal,' sequel to Afghan film 'Restrepo,' opens in Tampa

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    Looks like Kickstarter can actually benefit an important movie, not just a Zach Braff throwaway or Veronica Mars reunion. Filmmaker-journalist Sebastian Junger used the crowd-sourcing website to get his new documentary Korengal — a sequel to the Oscar nominated Afghan War study Restrepo

    Staff Sergeant Elliot Alcantara of Second Platoon in overwatch near Loy Kalay. Outpost Films
  2. Review: 'Get on Up' can't find the right groove

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    The first time you see Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up, it's in silhouette and you're sold. Not just the shape but the motion, striding toward the camera with confident intent to thrill, as the Godfather of Soul did to concert audiences for decades. The man meant business, and the actor playing him …

    Chadwick Boseman is electrifying as James Brown in Get on Up — and so much better than the movie around him. As the Godfather of Soul, Boseman dances and lip-synchs with passion. However, director Tate Taylor has constructed a movie as mercurial as its subject. 
  3. Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' fun, but forgettable

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is the anti-Marvel Marvel movie, a risky subversion of the superhero formula perfected by the comic book empire. Coming from the same universe as the Avengers but with a fraction of their fame, this movie thrives on the fact that it doesn't need to exist.

    Guardians: Gamora (Zoe Saldana); Peter (Chris Pratt); Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper);  Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista); Groot (Vin Diesel).
  4. Review: 'Boyhood' charm doesn't last

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    Boyhood (R) (165 min.) — Richard Linklater's time-lapse cinema experiment arrives showered with rapturous praise, some deserved and some concocted in the sort of adjectives race for superiority that film critics sometimes engage. Boyhood is an impressive feat, produced over 12 years with annual …

    Ellar Coltrane’s role as Mason Jr. is the compass of Boyhood, which was filmed with annual shoots totaling 39 days over 12 years.
  5. Clearwater's Capitol Theatre showing '70s classic movies

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    Back in the 1970s the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater only showed movies, back when one screen was enough. Times change and so did the Cap, now resurrected and renovated primarily as a concert venue, but that's also changing a bit. Through September the Capitol presents the '70s Movie Series, a slate of double …

     Ripley (Sigourney Weaver, left) protects Newt (Carrie Henn, right) against the army of deadly extraterrestrials that has overrun an Earth Colony in 'Aliens'.
  6. Review: Roger Ebert biodoc 'Life Itself' impressive on any screen

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    After tweeting admiration for the Roger Ebert biodoc Life Itself, a colleague needled me for watching it at home, on demand, outside a movie theater. "Just doesn't seem right," he replied, and I had to agree. But it wasn't yet booked in a Tampa Bay theater.

    Roger Ebert with an award from the American Society of Cinematographers.
  7. Video: First trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is out (NSFW)

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    Fifty Shades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book, has released its first trailer and created a predictable buzz.

  8. Review: 'Lucy' is way too crazy

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    When he isn't making movies, I imagine director Luc Besson sitting alone and shabby in an all-night diner, arguing a deranged point with the salt shaker before heading out to wash windshields for tips. There's "out there" and there's Besson, whose latest wackadoodle Lucy makes as much sense as a caveman with a …

    Universal Pictures. Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy."
  9. Review: 'A Most Wanted Man' is fitting epitaph for Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    A Most Wanted Man is based on a novel by espionage ace John le Carré, which should tell you this isn't a Jason Bourne action flick filled with car crashes and hand-to-hand combat. Director Anton Corbijn's idea of action is a fat man in a foot chase.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a German antiterrorism expert and Rachel McAdams is a human rights lawyer in the adaptation of John le Carré’s espionage thriller A Most Wanted Man.
  10. Get ready for authentic frontier gibberish in 'Blazing Saddles' at Tampa Theatre

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    There are two types of people in this world: Those who can quote Blazing Saddles at the drop of a 10-gallon hat, and those I'd never wish to hang around. In the authentic frontier gibberish of Gabby Johnson: "No sidewindin' bushwackin' hornswogglin' cracker croaker is gonna rowll my bishen cutter."

    Now, who …

    Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little star in Blazing Saddles, being shown at Tampa Theatre.  Warner Bros photo