MOVIEMAKERS: TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS
No telling where the next Steven Spielberg or Ava DuVernay will come from. Maybe the 13th annual Summer Film Camps at Tampa Theatre, now accepting registration.
Each summer the historic movie palace opens its doors to aspiring young filmmakers, teaching the basics of digital production from storyboarding to final editing. All equipment is provided for students, who create a five-minute movie in five days.
Live action filmmakers can choose between two weeklong sessions (June 20-24, July 11-15). Two sessions of stop-motion Animation Camp (July 18-22 or 25-29) teach using clay to create a movie one frame at a time.
New to this year's schedule is Movie Download Camp (June 13-17), which teaches plot structure, camera shots and angles, lighting and other filmmaking tools.
Each camp's tuition is $175, including a shirt and daily snacks. Classes are conducted in half-day sessions; mornings for children entering grades 3-6 and afternoons for grades 7-12.
Another addition to the summer program is Shooting and Sharing Your Story (Aug. 27), a three-hour class for teens and adults focused on smartphone production and social media distribution. Tuition is $50.
Slots are limited to 20 for each class, so act fast. Visit tampatheatre.org/education-programs.
OPENING FRIDAY: COBB TYRONE LUXURY 10
Seven years have passed since St. Petersburg's Tyrone Square Mall district showcased movies, after AMC's six-screen multiplex closed.
The drought ends Friday with the opening of Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10, a moderately upscale venue featuring a full-service restaurant and bar. It's a first for Pinellas County, a more affordable version of Cinebistro's strategy in Tampa and Wesley Chapel.
Ten auditoriums feature leatherette recliners for movie watching. The lobby includes Cobbster's Kitchen and Bar, serving New York-style pizza, sandwiches and salads among its entrees. A barista bar serve coffee and smoothies. A traditional concession stand with popcorn and candies is also open.
Best of all, Tyrone Luxury 10 reportedly won't send servers inside the auditorium, reducing the noise distractions of other wine-and-dine cinema outlets.
Welcome to the neighborhood.
ALSO OPENING: Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (PG) already got the Disney treatment, way back in 1967. Luckily, director Jon Favreau didn't plan a do-over.
Celebrity voices are still vital to anthropomorphize jungle beasts, which aren't drawn but are digitally lifelike. Judging from previews, Favreau (Elf, Iron Man 1 and 2) fashioned an immersive adventure of which Kipling himself might approve. He never seemed like an animation guy, anyway.
The only flesh-and blood performer is newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves and Bagheera the black panther (voice of Ben Kingsley) in India's jungles. His happiness is clouded by bully tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who despises humans and schemes to kill the boy. Crossing Mowgli's path to safety are Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), Kaa the snake (Scarlett Johansson) and ape King Louie (Christopher Walken).
The Jungle Book was screened too late for Weekend. A review will be published at tampabay.com/movies and on Etc, Page 2B.
Wonder why Ryan Reynolds, right, shows up in trailers for Criminal (R) but his name isn't on the poster? It's likely that he simply isn't in the movie much, or perhaps Lionsgate did him a solid. Reynolds doesn't need a flop slowing his Deadpool roll.
Criminal apparently casts Reynolds as its MacGuffin, here only to cause other things to happen. He's a dead CIA agent whose memories are implanted into a death row convict (Kevin Costner), so an important mission can be completed. The agent's wife is played by Gal Gadot, right, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, making it two current superhero successes hung out to dry here. The movie also teams Costner with Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman for the first time since Oliver Stone's JFK (1991).
in theaters: our Top 5
Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1 Everybody Wants Some!!: Richard Linklater's "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused.
2 Demolition: No more interesting actor working today than Jake Gyllenhaal.
3 Midnight Special: Three-quarters great, the rest merely gripping.
4 Eye in the Sky: Antiterrorism military officer (Helen Mirren) conducts drone warfare.
5 10 Cloverfield Lane: Can John Goodman earn his first Oscar nod for a genre flick? Hope so.
(dates subject to change)
April 22: The Huntsman: Winter's War; Miles Ahead; Born in China
April 29: Keanu; Mother's Day; Ratchet & Clank; Same Kind of Different as Me
May 6: Captain America: Civil War
May 13: The Darkness; Free State of Jones; Money Monster; Kidnap
May 20: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; Angry Birds; The Nice Guys
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Lobster