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  1. Review: 'Unfinished Business' is mostly unfunny

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    Good news for comedy: Vince Vaughn is doing drama next, on HBO's True Detective. We all need a break from his big-hearted blowhard act in underdog scraps like Unfinished Business, an unfunny comedy except for our currently favorite Franco.

    A hard-working business owner (Vince Vaughn, right) and two associates (Tom Wilkinson, center, and David Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives.
  2. Review: Sequel to 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' not even second best

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    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a downgrade from the first, doing lots of thing wrong that 2012's sleeper hit did right.

    Christy Meyer as Jasmine and Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
  3. Review: 'Chappie' a robot tale with too many used parts

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    Another M. Night Shyamalan is the last thing we need, and the first thing coming to mind as Neill Blomkamp's career continues with Chappie. It doesn't take a sixth sense to detect a similar flameout in progress.

    Chappie, voiced by Sharlto Copley in a scene from the action-adventure film Chappie. [Sony Pictures]
  4. New blood for the vampire flick in 'What We Do in the Shadows'

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    What We Do in the Shadows (Not rated, probably R) (86 min.) — Vampire movies are pretty exhausted these days. So what a surprise to find in What We Do in the Shadows an inspired and funny vampire comedy, one that's more than just a smart premise but that remains fun and inventive from beginning to …

    Taika Waititi, from left, Jonathan Brugh and Jemaine Clement star in What We Do in the Shadows.
  5. 'Chappie,' 'Unfinished Business' among movies opening

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    If RoboCop and Wall-E got their wires crossed, the results might be Chappie (R), the latest parable of artificial intelligentsia from South African director Neill Blomkamp.

    Dev Patel plays the creator of a robot police officer in Chappie.
  6. Tim Burton films 'Peregrine' scenes in Tampa Bay neighborhood

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    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — On an ordinary cul-de-sac Friday in Harbor Bluffs, director Tim Burton was doing the extraordinary.

    Director Tim Burton is filming 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in Harbor Bluffs, near Belleair Beach [

Steve Persall | Times]
  7. Orlando, Universal theme park have significant roles in 'Sharknado 3'

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    ORLANDO — The people making Sharknado 3 have come to celebrate Universal Orlando and to bury it.

    ActorTara Reid, center, poses for a photo with John, left, and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward during a break in filming "Sharknado 3" at Universal Orlando. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel)
  8. Review: Will Smith brings the charisma back into 'Focus'

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    For Will Smith, there is life after After Earth, his most embarrassing failure in an otherwise charmed career.

    Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring the heat in Focus, playing con artists who become lovers.
  9. 'Six Dance Lessons' has St. Pete Beach setting — sort of

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    Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks spent six days filming locally in 2013, mostly exterior shots to disguise the fact that the "St. Pete Beach" where it's set is really Budapest, Hungary, where principal filming occurred.

    Gena Rowlands stars as Lily, a widow, and Cheyenne Jackson plays her instructor.
  10. Oscars most passion-filled, politically charged show since 9/11

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    One of these Oscars, someone will arrive on the red carpet in a gown to top them all.

    Actress Patricia Arquette demanded equal womens' rights and pay during her acceptance speech for  Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood at the the 87th Annual Academy Awards. [Associated Press]
  11. Steve Persall's Oscars predictions include 'Birdman,' Redmayne, Moore (w/video)

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    Anyone feeling giddy after last year's Academy Awards predictions should take a sobering look at this year's choices.

    Michael Keaton stars in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu.
  12. Tim Burton movie unites Tampa Bay's film commissions

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    Filming begins Saturday around Tampa Bay on director Tim Burton's next feat of movie magic, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

    Movie director Tim Burton suggested the Tampa Bay area as a shooting location.
  13. Oscars history full of one-hit wonders (w/video)

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    Meryl Streep makes it seem so easy.

    Win an Academy Award for acting and immediately you're expected to do it again, or at least be in the discussion from time to time. Streep has three statuettes on her shelf, and a record 19 nominations overall.

    STEVE MADDEN | Times
  14. Brace for a snark attack: 'Sharknado 3' is filming in Orlando this week

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    The makers of Sharknado 3 and swarms of B-list celebrities are in the Sunshine State this week because apparently we can't get enough of these logic-defying disaster movies about a swirling cloud of killer sharks that are so bad they're gold.

    The makers of Sharknado 3 and swarms of B-list celebrities are in the Sunshine State this week because apparently we can't get enough of these logic-defying disaster movies about a swirling cloud of killer sharks that are so bad they're gold. [The Asylum]
  15. The Oscars: trivia, tidbits and the TV schedule

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     This year's acting nominations set one record and extended another. Robert Duvall (The Judge) passed Hal Holbrook to become the oldest nominee ever at age 84, and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) earned her 19th nomination.