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  1. Review: 'Danny Collins' comeback story is Al Pacino's, too

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    What a pleasure to see Al Pacino cut loose in Danny Collins, having fun acting again. Not that he hasn't enjoyed performing, but sitting through much of his past decade of movie work has been a chore.

    Al Pacino turns in a terrific, restrained performance as a fading ’70s rock star in Danny Collins.
  2. 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' comes to Tampa

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    Finally rising from the pages of 20th century Bengali literature, meet Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, India's Sherlock Holmes. (The Big Bang Theory fans might remember an episode last year that took issue with this description; Raj insisted Sherlock Holmes was actually "the English Byomkesh Bakshi.")

    Sushant Singh Rajput, right, stars in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.
  3. John Travolta to host premiere of 'The Forger' at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre (w/trailer)

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    John Travolta has strutted red carpets at movie premieres his entire career but never in Tampa Bay. Not even for The Punisher, which he filmed here in 2003.

    John Travolta attended the Indian International Film Academy Awards in Tampa in 2014. He’s been a frequent visitor to Clearwater over the years, often flying a personal airplane from Ocala to attend functions at the Church of Scientology.
  4. Review: 'The Hunting Ground' a devastating look at rape on campus (w/video)

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    The Hunting Ground (R) (90 min.) — Kirby Dick's documentary begins with a montage of jubilant high school seniors, learning they're accepted to the college of their dreams and, in some cases, nightmares. Nearly one in five female students will be sexually assaulted before graduating, and practically all …

    The documentary identifies four reasons why sexual abuse is so prevalent on college campuses.
  5. With a totally straight face, Vin Diesel says it's a shame 'Fast & Furious' won't win best picture

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    BEIJING — Vin Diesel said Friday that the latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it's an action flick and it's a sequel.

    Vin Diesel poses for a photo promoting "Fast & Furious 5" in Rome. [Associated Press]
  6. HBO documentary 'Going Clear' tackles the question: Why Scientology? (w/video)

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    Eight minutes and 13 seconds into his much-talked-about documentary on the Church of Scientology, writer-director Alex Gibney hits a sweet spot, going right at one of the key questions he sets out to answer.

    What is Scientology's allure?

    One of Scientology's signature buildings at its Pacific Area Command Base in Los Angeles is sometimes referred to as "Big Blue.'' [Photo by Sam Painter, HBO documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"]
  7. As 'Pretty Woman' turns 25 and looks to Broadway, here's what a Times critic said in 1990

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    Twenty-five years ago this week, a Pretty Woman walked off of the street, into our lives and off with our hearts (and that of a millionaire).

    Richard Gere, left, and Julia Roberts appear together in the Touchstone Pictures film "Pretty Woman." (AP Photo)
  8. Review: Jim Parsons' 'Home' not exactly out of this world

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    Home is where my heart wasn't Saturday morning, at a screening where even children didn't seem excited to be. The father snoring next to me had the right idea at the wrong volume. Hiding a catnap behind 3-D glasses only works if you don't give yourself away.

    Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Tip, voiced by Rihanna, get close in Home.
  9. Review: 'Get Hard' sends Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart's talent down the drain (w/video)

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    Will Ferrell's butt is the butt of most jokes in Get Hard, and not just in his signature exhibitionism. Ferrell gets that tiresome booty flash routine out of the way before the opening credits roll. Twice.

    Kevin Hart, top, and Will Ferrell star in the rude, crude Get Hard.
  10. 'It Follows' is refreshing take on the horror flick

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    Someone who took a film course in college once told me the first shot in any movie is its most important. Seldom is that more evident than with It Follows, which opens with a doozy.

    RADiUS 
Maika Monroe in a scene from "It Follows."
  11. Baseball movie made in Tampa Bay in 1986 is 'Long Gone'

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    Long Gone is a baseball movie that didn't last in the major leagues.

    The Long Gone team of actors included, from left, Dermot Mulroney, William Petersen and Larry Riley. Long Gone was based on a novel by the late Paul Hemphill and directed by Martin Davidson.
  12. ''71' a thoughtful thriller set in Northern Ireland

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    '71 (R) (99 min.) — Being caught behind enemy lines is a common trap in war movies, given a unique spin in Yann Demange's debut feature. Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) stars as an English soldier abandoned by his unit on the rebellious streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the height of tensions …

    Jack O’Connell stars in ’71.
  13. Argentina's 'Wild Tales' focuses on people behaving badly

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    Wild Tales (R) (122 min.) — Argentina's recent Oscar nominee for best foreign language film is an anthology of six sketches, with the tenuously linking theme of how poorly people treat each other. Road rage, wedding day infidelity and various revenges are presented by writer-director Damian Szifron.

    Erica Rivas is Romina and Diego Gentile is Ariel in “Til Death Do Us Part,” one of the stories in Wild Tales.
  14. Movie theaters to show 'Breakfast Club' for 30th anniversary

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    The Breakfast Club, the ultimate Gen X teen comedy, welcomes middle age and its 30th anniversary with a big-screen showing Thursday and March 31 in movie theaters, with a special feature about cast members and filmmakers. If you want to feel old, think about how Judd Nelson is now eight years older than Principal Vernon …

    Molly Ringwald, right, and Ally Sheedy talk to the media on the red carpet for The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Restoration premier.
  15. Sarasota Film Festival lineup features Blythe Danner, Jane Seymour

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    A touch of gray suits the 17th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which on Monday announced its opening and closing selections, starring a pair of silver-haired celebrities.