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Your DayStarter: Our 'Force Awakens' review, high temps in the 80s(!), scorecards from last night's debate and Jameis Winston's last outing, and things to do

John Waters will stop by the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Wednesday as part of his A John Waters Christmas tour.



John Waters will stop by the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Wednesday as part of his A John Waters Christmas tour.

• First things first — even more important than today's weather forecast: Our movie critic Steve Persall saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, and he's written a spoiler-free review. It's full of expert movie critic phrases, like "densely entertaining," "instantly historic" and "womp rats."

• We're running out of things to say about the heat. Today is set to break 80 degrees yet again, with patchy fog in the morning and partly cloudy skies later on, according to WTSP 10Weather. A cold front promises cooler temps closer to Friday.

• Wonder who told the truth during last night's GOP presidential debate? PolitiFact has your scorecard this morning.

• Deep-sea treasure hunters Odyssey Marine Exploration will give investors an update on their financial situation at 10 a.m. The Tampa-based company has struggled to keep its stock price above water. More at tampbay.com/money later this morning.

• The James Madison Institute, a conservative think tank, will release a report at 10 a.m. on the constitutional amendment Floridians for Solar Choice has proposed. The institute says the report will detail "negative effects" of the plan, including the economic impact on utility customers. The amendment, if placed on the ballot in 2016, would allow companies to install solar panels and sell that energy without being treated as a utility. Check back with tampbay.com/money later today.

• Iconoclastic film director John Waters brings his twisted Christmas tour to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre tonight. The king of bad taste who gave us Hairspray and Pink Flamingos talked to our film critic Steve Persall about the show and his dark humor.

• Find the other top things to do today in Tampa Bay here, including a barbershop chorus, holiday events galore and Celtic Woman at the Mahaffey Theater.

Thomas Bassinger charts every pass by the Bucs' Jameis Winston and Titans' Marcus Mariota and analyzes their performance at tampabay.com/bucs.

Plan your weekend! Your teens are no doubt prepping already for the seventh annual Jingle Ball, which returns to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday with 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and many other squeal-inducing artists. Our critics also have recommendations for a new take on The Sound of Music and lots to do with the weather outside delightful.

Your DayStarter: Our 'Force Awakens' review, high temps in the 80s(!), scorecards from last night's debate and Jameis Winston's last outing, and things to do 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:24pm]
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