Happy thoughts are hard to conjure while watching Pan, a needless prequel to J.M. Barrie's fantasy about an ever-youthful boy who could fly.
Thousands of people are expected to hoist large steins of beer at Tampa's Oktoberfest in Curtis Hixon Park this weekend. There are now nonstop Lufthansa flights between Frankfurt and Tampa. And people are beating down the doors to get into the new Hofbrauhaus in St. Petersburg.
Big Stone Gap (PG) isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.
Like her revolutionary namesake, women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai refuses to be silenced by oppression, or even a Taliban assassination attempt. The teenage Nobel laureate is reverently profiled in He Named Me Malala (PG-13), directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).
There's no Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams atop the lineup for this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. No one jaw-dropping star with enough cross-generational appeal to help make it the top pop show of the winter.
ST. PETERSBURG — Take a seat at Freefall Theatre's season opener, and the set looks much like you would expect for The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon Moncrieff's tidy flat.
You know differently, of course.
TAMPA — Before the first note sounded for the first concert of the season, the Florida Orchestra faced a daunting challenge.
TAMPA — You don't have to be as dauntless as Tris Prior in Divergent to zipline over the city streets this fall — hundreds of people will get the chance to zip overhead in downtown Tampa for a day.
Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates are back at the Magic Kingdom, and you might notice some new smells.
Plan your weekend
Oddball Comedy Festival: More than 20 comedians will be at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tampa Saturday. Presented by Funny or Die, the festival brings Aziz Ansari of NBC's Parks and Recreation as well as Amy Schumer, who has a fresh Emmy for …