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  1. Review: 'The Maze Runner' feels refreshingly low-tech

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    When I was a kid we called The Maze Runner idea "playing fort," and Rodney Weaver down the street made the rules. There weren't many since imagination always made the calls. Our heroics bounced off woods instead of this fantasy's walls, inspired by plucky B-movies just like it.

    In "The Maze Runner," Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Teresa (Kaya Scoderlario), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alex Flores) react to a shocking development in the Glade. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox

  2. Review: 'This Is Where I Leave You' needs to leave out a bit

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    Sooner or later, dysfunctional family reunions in movies wind up with relatives wrestling in the yard, living room, wherever the cliche takes them. Whether viewers groan, grin or something in between says a lot about how well the movie works up to that point.

    The reassembled Altman siblings are, from left, Phillip (Adam Driver), Paul (Corey Stoll), Wendy (Tina Fey) and Judd (Jason Bateman).
  3. Bollywood's 'Khoobsurat,' 'Daawat-E-Ishq' to battle at box office

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    KHOOBSURAT

    Even Bollywood isn't safe from the Mouse House.

    Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan in Khoobsurat, a remake of a 1980 movie by the same name.
  4. Review: Weird, wobbly 'Tusk' is good for sick fun

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    Tusk (R) (100 min.) — Kevin Smith whips up a shaggy walrus story, a horror comedy that's weird and wobbly, but winds up being pretty good, sick fun. And, yes, Fleetwood Mac's creepy song figures into it.

    Justin Long, left, is a podcaster who is transformed into a marine mammal by Michael Parks’ Frankensteinlike character in Tusk.
  5. 'No Good Deed,' 'Dolphin Tale 2' give bay area top weekend box office slots

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    Someone from Pinellas County was bound to win Hollywood's weekend box office race. The surprise was who finished on top: Will Packer, not Winter the dolphin.

    "Dolphin Tale 2," filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and a few other locations in the bay area, came in No. 2 at the box office to another local film powerhouse, Will Packer, who produced  "No Good Deed," starring Idris Elba. Packer is a St. Petersburg High graduate. [Warner Bros.]
  6. 'Dolphin Tale 2' reviews lukewarm, but expected to be box office whale

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    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters nationwide this weekend and though reviews of the family film set in Clearwater Marine Aquarium are as lukewarm as the Gulf of Mexico, it is predicted to do well in the box office.

  7. Review: 'No Good Deed' does no good, despite twist

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    There's a climactic twist as promised in No Good Deed, but it doesn't make a difference except adding one more cue to applaud, if you feel so inclined.

    Terri (Taraji P. Henson) opens her door to Colin (Idris Elba), who turns out to be an escaped convict in No Good Deed. That then sets off a series of brutal attacks on the movie’s women, in a movie built on a deplorable notion that the women ask for the abuse they’re getting.
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  8. 'Dolphin Tale 2' director has animal movies licked

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    From a toad to a wolf to a dog to a dolphin, Charles Martin Smith's acting and filmmaking career is marked by one animal after another.

     Photo Credit: Wilson Webb
Director Charles Martin Smith on the set of Alcon Entertainment's family adventure "Dolphin Tale 2."
  9. 'Dolphin Tale 2' screening, blue carpet tonight in Clearwater

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    Tampa Bay residents get a sneak peek at Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel about the continuing adventures of Winter the tailless dolphin filmed in Pinellas County. The early premiere tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater gets a jump on the nationwide release, which is Friday. It picks up the story as Winter loses …

    This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from the film, "Dolphin Tale 2."  (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Copyright Alcon Entertainment, LLC, Bob Talbot)
  10. Review: Puppy might be best part of 'The Drop'

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    Put yourself in Dennis Lehane's gumshoes. You're a celebrated mystery writer, among the best in the game, yet when Hollywood turns your books into movies someone else does the writing. Sooner or later that itch for full credit — or blame — needs scratching.

    James Gandolfini, left, plays Cousin Marv and Tom Hardy is Bob in a story filled with dim bulbs and unnecessary detours.