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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. 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.
  2. 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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  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Young moviegoers don't know impact of 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' in 1960s

    The Feed

    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.
  9. '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] 
  10. 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.
  11. Movie Planner: Are theaters safe? Also, 'Straight Outta Compton' and Sundance shorts



    How safe are we in movie theaters?
  12. Review: 'Straight Outta Compton' ably chronicles N.W.A.'s intriguing rise

    Music & Concerts

    Right about now would be a good time for a film to delve into the fraught relationship between urban cops and young black men in America, and the outrage that's tearing this country apart.

    Straight Outta Compton follows the rise of the gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A., from left: Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre.
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  13. Missing the 1980s? Here are 15 totally rad events in Tampa Bay


    Here in Tampa Bay, the '80s never ended. Or maybe it just seems that way.

    A sure sign the '80s have returned: Boy George has reunited Culture Club to perform this weekend in Madeira Beach.  (Getty Images)
  14. Review: 'The End of the Tour' begins Jason Segel's road trip to award season


    Some movies speak to you, others about you, and a few for you. James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour accomplishes all three, focused on that elusive cinematic property, the beauty of language and philosophical conversation. Something like My Dinner with Andre, featuring much hipper people.

    Jason Segel sheds most of his comical lunk appeal to portray David Foster Wallace, gently and firmly choosing his words and for whom they’re intended.  It is the sort of performance that changes careers, coming out of left field and into awards discussions.
  15. See 'Beetlejuice' followed by ghost tour of historic Capitol Theatre


    In a first for Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, Sept. 19 brings a screening of Beetlejuice, Tim Burton's quirky 1988 gem about the troubles of the recently deceased, followed by a haunted ghost tour of the Capitol, built in 1921 and filled with stories of things that go bump in the night. Tickets for the movie are …

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Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice.