Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Review: 'Baggage Claim' carries familiar baggage

Baggage Claim (PG-13) (97 min.) — In a year when movies by and about African-Americans — The Butler, Fruitvale Station and the forthcoming 12 Years a Slave — jockey for awards superiority, Baggage Claim is a reminder that cinematic mediocrity is color blind. It's entirely possible for gifted black artists to resort to packaging rom-com cliches into sporadically charming but ultimately dumb entertainment.

In this case, it's Paula Patton (2 Guns, Precious) as flight attendant Montana Moore, doing things for love that might get her arrested in real life, hoping to find a prospective husband. Because, as Mama (Jenifer Lewis) says, no woman is complete unless she's a dutiful wife and mother before age 30 and that deadline has passed. Montana runs a cross-country gantlet of former boyfriends with crazed girlfriends, trophy mate intentions and temperamental pets, aided by the flirty friend (Jill Scott) and gay confidante (Adam Brody) such movies are obliged to include.

Baggage Claim is coast-to-coast eye candy, with Montana using her airline connections to stalk such hunks as Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, Trey Songz and Boris Kodjoe, when Mr. Right (Derek Luke) has been living down the hall for years. If that sounds like 2011's What's Your Number? with Anna Faris, you're not alone. Writer-director David E. Talbert, working from his novel, tackles each musical interlude, montage and mad dash to an airport like he's the first person ever to think of them. He isn't, nor sadly will he be the last. C

Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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From the food editor: Recipe for warm, cozy Pita Ribollita soup

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Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Was Jon Bon Jovi ever really lonely? Maybe back in ’84

Was Jon Bon Jovi ever really lonely? Maybe back in ’84

Our '80s historian Kevin Wuench says congratulations to Bon Jovi on getting into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and provides this history lesson:Do we pander to Bon Jovi fans to get more Lost and Found clicks on the website? Surely not, as ...
Published: 01/15/18
R.I.P. to the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, a voice that roared from the ’90s to now

R.I.P. to the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, a voice that roared from the ’90s to now

Dolores O'Riordan had one of those voices. It was a lilt with a vicious edge, a warble with a snarl – it was a switch, and when it flicked, the room lit from faint emerald mist to the bloodiest of reds and right back.There is no replicating a v...
Published: 01/15/18
Photos: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Subatomic Sound System go deep on dub at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

Photos: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Subatomic Sound System go deep on dub at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

When it comes to Lee "Scratch" Perry, the past and future have always been intertwined.So it goes without saying that the 81-year-old dub reggae icon's concert Sunday at the State Theatre included a little bit of both."We're gonna go back and forth, ...
Published: 01/15/18

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

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Published: 01/14/18
Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- it’s TV tidbits time

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best comebackExcuse Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for getting so carried away that he dropped the queen bee of curse words on live television Sun...
Published: 01/14/18
Photos: The Moody Blues bring Hall of Fame history to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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How beloved are the Moody Blues? Beloved enough to get a standing ovation 10 minutes before walking on stage.Just before taking the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the group flashed images on the stage of founding flautist Ray Thomas, who di...
Published: 01/13/18
Updated: 01/14/18