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Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, of Blade Runner fame.20th Century Fox

Movie Planner: Molly Ringwald at Capitol Theatre, 'The Martian' and Steve's Top 5 returns

Molly Ringwald doesn't want anyone remaking The Breakfast Club, even if the late John Hughes' estate would allow it. "They would have to figure out some way to get rid of all the cell phones in the first scene, or it would be a very boring movie," Ringwald said by telephone from Toronto. "Everyone would just be tex …


  1. Review: 'Big Stone Gap' corny, but a passion project for Patrick Wilson


    Big Stone Gap (PG) isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.

    Ashley Judd and St. Petersburg’s Patrick Wilson co-star in Big Stone Gap, based on the novel by Adriana Trigiani.
  2. Review: 'He Named Me Malala' shows humanity behind the icon


    Like her revolutionary namesake, women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai refuses to be silenced by oppression, or even a Taliban assassination attempt. The teenage Nobel laureate is reverently profiled in He Named Me Malala (PG-13), directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).

    Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School on May 26, 2014 in Massai Mara, Kenya.
  3. Review: 'The Martian' is smart sci-fi with a dose of humanity


    Ridley Scott's The Martian is a brainy blockbuster, melding genuine science and fiction into a rare popcorn epic that actually makes you feel smarter for watching.

    In 'The Martian,' Matt Damon portrays an astronaut who draws upon his ingenuity to subsist on a hostile planet.
  4. Things to do planner: Gay and lesbian film fest, corn mazes, Race for the Cure glows at night


    FILM FEST: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Actor Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black will give a comedy show on Saturday during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
  5. Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, of Blade Runner fame.
  6. Review: 'The Walk' a high-wire exercise in waiting


    Tightrope legend and coincidental movie critic Karl Wallenda famously declared "life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting." Which pretty much sums up Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, a marvelous technical achievement when the director finally gets around to it.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays tightrope walker Philippe Petit and Charlotte Le Bon as Petit’s accomplice and love interest Annie Allix in The Walk. The movie brilliantly recreates Petit’s 1974 walk between the Twin Towers, but otherwise it’s a drawn-out, lazy biopic.
  7. Review: 'Sicario' a thrilling drug cartel ride en route to Oscar season


    Sicario is a tentacled drug cartel thriller grabbing viewers by the throat and squeezing for two hours. This movie continually defies the conventions of its genre, from its hero's gender to the vagueness of its morality.

    Emily Blunt is FBI agent Kate Macer and Victor Garber plays her boss, Dave Jennings.
  8. Review: 'Pawn Sacrifice' a risk-free telling of the Bobby Fischer story

    The genius and madness of Bobby Fischer is dramatized in Pawn Sacrifice, a movie that, unlike the chess legend, doesn't take risks.

    Pawn Sacrifice reduces an epic 1972 chess world championship match of Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber, left) and Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) to a boring drag.
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  9. Review: 'The Intern' is outdated, but Hathaway and De Niro charm


    First, the good news about Nancy Meyers' latest ladies night flick, The Intern:

  10. Movie Planner: 'Stonewall' movie a disaster, but here are some better bets



    Jeremy Irvine in Stonewall.
  11. Column: Six options for who should play the next James Bond


    Confession: I like summer at the movies better.

    Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond is rumored to end after Nov. 6’s Spectre.
  12. Two local theaters drop Scientology documentary 'Going Clear'


    Two Pinellas County multiplexes have dropped plans to show an Emmy-winning documentary critical of the Church of Scientology.

    Director Alex Gibney thinks the church pressured Clearwater theaters to drop Going Clear.
  13. Interview: 'Keep Moving' an important lesson for and from Dick Van Dyke

    Human Interest

    At age 89, Dick Van Dyke is a genuinely happy fella, peppering his speech with laughter like so much punctuation.

    Dick Van Dyke says of this photo with his wife, Arlene: “One of my favorite pictures — we look like a couple of screwball detectives in love.”
  14. Review: In 'Grandma,' Lily Tomlin shines in her best role in years


    Lily Tomlin crushes her best movie role in years in Grandma, playing her age (76) but not acting it in the least.

    Lily Tomlin, right, stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage, Julia Garner, unexpectedly shows up needing cash.
  15. Movie Planner: Joel Edgerton talks 'Black Mass' at Telluride, plus 'Everest,' 'Maze Runner'



    Director Scott Cooper talks with Edgerton, who plays John Connolly.