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Movie Planner: Persall's at the Telluride Film Festival, 'The Transporter Refueled' opens

  ALMOST HEAVEN: Telluride Film Festival   By now I'm in heaven, at least as close as I wish to be for a while. I'm at the Telluride Film Festival, high in the San Juan mountain range of southwest Colorado, where I've visited for summer vacation nine of the past 10 years. Telluride gives me an early glimpse at, or  …


  1. Fun ride with new driver, if you don't think about it


    You'll see much to applaud in the B-movie action pleasures on display in Transporter Refueled. You can't do much better than this for a last gasp of mindless cinematic summer fun. The thing about Transporter Refueled is that it actually is fun — chock-a-block with breathtaking stunts, plot twists and …

    Ed Skrein plays Frank Martin, more male model than reformed thug as the new “transporter” after Jason Statham.
  2. Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz


    NEW YORK — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

    Star Wars fans shop at a toy store at midnight Friday in Hong Kong as part of the global event called "Force Friday" to release new Star Wars toys and other merchandise of the new movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The massive marketing blitz spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global "unboxing" streamed live on YouTube. [Associated Press]
  3. Review: 'Learning to Drive' overly civilized, but Clarkson, Kingsley charm


    Learning to Drive comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, the longtime non-driving Manhattan resident bounces back from a breakup with a womanizing jerk by grabbing the wheel of her own life, through driving lessons. At one point Pollitt …

    Learning to Drive stars Patricia Clarkson as a Manhattan book critic and Ben Kingsley as her driving teacher.
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  4. Pining for the perfect movie ending


    Movie endings aren't what they used to be.

  5. Movie Planner: Persall's at the Telluride Film Festival, 'The Transporter Refueled' opens




    By now I'm in heaven, at least as close as I wish to be for a while.

    Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo investigate child abuse in the Catholic church in the fact-based Spotlight.
  6. Review: 'A Walk in the Woods' has charming stars, and that's about it


    A Walk in the Woods isn't always the wilderness hijinks comedy that trailers are selling, with pratfalls by stunt men hiding their faces so maybe we'll believe that's really Robert Redford and Nick Nolte taking lumps.

    Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) and Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) hide from fellow hiker(Kristen Schaal, who may as well be animated) along the Appalachian Trail in A Walk in the Woods. The movie plays like a season preview of a sitcom set along the Appalachian Trail, each week a new wacky neighbor, romantic distraction and calamity. 
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  7. Review: 'Mistress America' shines with great writing and Greta Gerwig


    Meet our nation's girl on the side, as she describes the title of Mistress America, a fictional short story that perhaps shouldn't be written, in a movie that gloriously is.

    Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke in "Mistress America." (David Feeney-Mosier/Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures/TNS)
  8. Movie Planner: 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' a top-notch indie, plus Indian films and 'A Walk in the Woods'



    Fifteen-year-old Minnie Guetze just had sex for the first time, she breathlessly tells her cassette tape recorder in the opening frames of The Diary of a Teenage Girl (R). The recipient of Minnie's virginity is her mother's thirtysomething …

    Kristen Wiig, Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgard succeed with difficult material in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
  9. Review: 'We Are Your Friends' a soulless, repetitive DJ story


    We Are Your Friends is to electronic dance music DJs what Punchline is to standup comedians, a laughable repre-Zen-tation of what it's like to be them. The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than …

    Zac Efron stars as Cole Carter, a DJ who wants to make it big, in We Are Your Friends.
  10. Review: 'American Ultra' a clumsy modern action-romance


    Mike and Phoebe are in over their heads in love. Mad, stupid love like Clarence and Alabama in True Romance, when kisses swap spit and blood; theirs and anyone else's in their way. They're so cool.

    Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in American Ultra, a stoner-action film that hits theaters Friday.
  11. Movie Planner: Simeon Rice premieres horror flick, plus 'America Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47,' 'Sinister 2'


    CINEMA SIMEON: 'Unsullied' premiere

    After retiring from the NFL, former Tampa Bay Buc Simeon Rice turned to filmmaking.
  12. Young moviegoers don't know impact of 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' in 1960s

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    When NBC aired its flashy, fun spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 50 years ago, it made quite an impression on viewers.

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. catapulted suave Robert Vaughn, right, and especially David McCallum to overnight heartthrob status.
  13. 'Straight Outta Compton' mysteriously absent from Sundial in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Straight Outta Compton hits theaters today, Tampa Bay moviegoers can see it from Sarasota to Clearwater to Plant City.

    But not in St. Petersburg.

    Muvico Sundial 19 in St. Petersburg doesn’t have Straight Outta Compton on its schedule, despite industry analysts pegging it to be No. 1 at the weekend box office, projected to earn $32?million.   [DIRK SHADD | Times] 
  14. Review: 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' has style but lacks substance


    This is not your father's U.N.C.L.E.

    Stylish to a fault and straying from the source, Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. revives a 1960s television hit for the short attention spans of today's youth-skewing movie audience.

    Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  15. Movie Planner: Are theaters safe? Also, 'Straight Outta Compton' and Sundance shorts



    How safe are we in movie theaters?