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Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

OPENING THURSDAY: GET OUT Remember that Eddie Murphy standup routine about haunted houses and ghostly whispers urging visitors to leave? You can bet Jordan Peele does, lifting Murphy's riff for the title of Get Out (R), his directing debut. Peele works without his sketch comedy cohort Keegan-Michael Key this time,  …

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  1. Review: 'Logan' is a gripping Wolverine story to take seriously

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    James Mangold's Logan is an uncommonly mature comic book movie, practically from another universe unto itself. It's a movie demanding and deserving to be taken seriously, an elegy for a mutant.

    Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tries to protect the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) in "Logan." (Ben Rothstein)
  2. Fill out your Oscar ballot with Steve Persall's predictions

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    Here's to the ones who dream of La La Land leaving the 89th annual Academy Awards without the best picture prize.

    Dream on.

    Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling take center stage in La La Land, which has received 14 Academy Award nominations.
  3. Review: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' a smart allegory wrapped in a horror flick

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    Jordan Peele's Get Out isn't Oscar material, yet it's a razored rebuttal to the movie industry's so white, so what reputation. Nothing is more Hollywood than horror movies, nor more show-business-as-usual than cultural appropriation.

    Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) takes boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her potentially ill-meaning parents in Get Out.
  4. Get Oscar-ready with these viewing-party themes

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    Sunday is the special American holiday known as the Oscars.

    Roll otu the red carpet: It’s Oscars time.
  5. Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

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    OPENING THURSDAY: GET OUT

    Remember that Eddie Murphy standup routine about haunted houses and ghostly whispers urging visitors to leave? You can bet Jordan Peele does, lifting Murphy's riff for the title of Get Out (R), his directing debut.

    Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from Get Out.
  6. Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

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    Tampa Theatre ended its official Oscar Night affiliation with the academy years ago, but the party goes on. Now it's called Hollywood Awards Night, the way sports bars throw "Big Game" parties on Super Bowl Sunday to avoid copyright infringement.

    Tampa Theatre signature red carpet touches: a limo ride around the block; adoring "fans" and "paparazzi" lining the entrance; movie-themed costumes. Formalwear or glam are welcome. [Times file (2012)]
  7. Olivia de Havilland, oldest living Oscar winner, was my pen pal

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    At 100, Olivia de Havilland is the oldest living Oscar winner. She won the best actress honor twice, in fact. She is half of the only set of sisters to both win the Academy Award for best actress. She's also the namesake and catalyst for the "De Havilland Law," one of the most significant, far-reaching rulings in …

    Letters from the oldest Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland to reporter Katherine Snow Smith and her father.
  8. Persall: It would be a mistake for 'La La Land' to win big at the Oscars

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    The likeliest best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards is the worst mistake voters could make.

    Janelle Monae, left, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in Hidden Figures, whose three nominations include Spencer for best supporting actress.
  9. Review: 'The Great Wall' is not-so-great, but full of wonderfully wacky visuals

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    The Great Wall is a so-so movie with eye-popping images: giant ill-tempered iguanas munching medieval warriors, bungee-jumping China dolls spearing them, Matt Damon's man bun. Sights you can't forget.

    Matt Damon is a Hollywood face to place on the poster despite being totally wrong for the part of William, a mercenary searching China for gunpowder. Important guest appearance: Damon’s man bun.
  10. Take the Cross-Bay Ferry for free to these events in Tampa and St. Petersburg on Sunday

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    “Are you driving, or am I?"

    You know the refrain. You and your partner swap it every time you head out on the weekend, to dinner, to a concert, to a parade. Someone has to bear the brunt of the steering wheel work.

    But what if you didn't?

    The Cross-Bay Ferry in port on the Seddon Channel near the Tampa Convention Center. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  11. Here's the lineup for Tampa's Gasparilla International Film Festival

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    Well, it's Academy Awards time, so moviegoers know what that means:

    Among the Gasparilla International Film Festival’s ticket options is $1,510 for VIP red carpet treatment for two throughout the festival.
  12. Review: 'A Cure for Wellness' so over the top, it's repellent

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    Growing up with Hammer Films and Poe a la Roger Corman makes me appreciate economy in gothic terror, a quality sorely missing from A Cure for Wellness. Alleged "visionary" director Gore Verbinski — earning that title in ads after The Lone Ranger — ignores their lessons at double feature …

    Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, a businessman sent to retrieve his company’s executive from a mysterious “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps. Lockhart then learns why people don’t trust the resort.
  13. The top 10 Batman actors ever, from Adam West and George Clooney to Will Arnett and Michael Keaton

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    So many men have inherited Gotham's dark cape and cowl that The Lego Batman Movie doesn't even have the most well-known plastic incarnation of the character.

    Will Arnett's Caped Crusader -- here with Channing Tatum's Superman in the new "Lego Batman Movie" -- is one winning tough guy. [Warner Bros. - DC 2017]
  14. Exhibit of 'Star Wars' costumes and drawings coming to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

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    A glamorous component of that famous galaxy far, far away is landing in St. Petersburg.

    Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown from 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.' Copyright 2015, Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
  15. Review: '50 Shades Darker' light on plotty, heavy on naughty

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    Fifty Shades Darker is what you'd expect from encoring a regrettable one-night stand. Not a keeper, but nothing to gnaw off your arm about.

    Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, left, and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades Darker." (Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures via AP)