Thursday, April 26, 2018
Things To Do

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' feels too small screen

The Last of Robin Hood (R) (94 min.) — The wicked ways of Hollywood legend Errol Flynn could fill a few movies of varying tones, all of which co-writers and directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland try cramming into one. Focused on Flynn's final fling, with a 15-year-old starlet, the movie veers between disapproval, farce and something uncomfortably close to envy, with a trio of game performances barely holding things together.

Kevin Kline is a perfect choice to play Flynn, after aping his debonair air countless times before. At age 66, Kline is 16 years older than Flynn when he died but that works, since Flynn's voracious sexual habits and substance abuse — only hinted here — prematurely aged him. The object of Flynn's desire is Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), a lovely but talentless ingenue living out the stardom dream of her enabling mother Florence (Susan Sarandon). It's a toxic triangle that never quite ignites, with the movie's tame approach to this material.

The Last of Robin Hood is the first theatrical release produced by the Lifetime and A&E television channels, and that small screen mentality shows. Glatzer and Westmoreland write dialogue that explains more than it expresses, and the set design's artificiality can't withstand the additional scope. The framing, rhythm and reticence of The Last of Robin Hood suggests only commercial television, where it should be soon. C- (Sundial 19 in St. Petersburg, Tampa Theatre)

Steve Persall, Times movie critic

Comments
Wonder Woman 2 to take place in .. the ’80s!

Wonder Woman 2 to take place in .. the ’80s!

After the success of the Wonder Woman big-screen reboot in 2017, there was little doubt a sequel would be coming soon. But here's the fun twist: Wonder Woman 2 will be set in the 1980s!Screenrant.com says director Patty Jenkins confirmed the next mov...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

A trip to the Caribbean conjures up visions of swaying palms and a watercolor palette of blues, greens and shades in between. Just 10 minutes or so from the port of Costa Maya, Mexico, a fixture on most western Caribbean cruise itineraries, lies an i...
Updated: 4 hours ago
FEC plans crackdown on zombie campaigns

FEC plans crackdown on zombie campaigns

The federal agency that oversees elections has announced a crackdown on former lawmakers who continue to spend leftover campaign donations long after they left office.The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that it will start scrutinizing...
Updated: 4 hours ago
5 things to do under $5 this week

5 things to do under $5 this week

Looking for free or cheap fun this weekend?
Updated: 4 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 27

Waitress: The Broadway hit musical based on Adrienne Shelley’s film follows Jenna, a waitress stuck in a bad marriage and a small town. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$128. (8...
Updated: 5 hours ago
This week's best concerts: Flo Rida, Queens of the Stone Age, Bay 2 Beach Festival and more

This week's best concerts: Flo Rida, Queens of the Stone Age, Bay 2 Beach Festival and more

Want to see some live music?
Updated: 5 hours ago
5 things to do under $5: 10,000 Maniacs, Dragon Boat Races, Pepper Fest

5 things to do under $5: 10,000 Maniacs, Dragon Boat Races, Pepper Fest

Here's your free and cheap ideas for the weekend.
Updated: 5 hours ago
Less Than Zero series coming to Hulu

Less Than Zero series coming to Hulu

Of all the '80s flicks to be reborn as TV series, nobody had put any money on Less Than Zero to make the cut. And yet, that's the news: Hulu is developing a TV series based on the 1987 film that starred Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., J...
Updated: 6 hours ago
The Royal Guardsmen talk about ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,’ reuniting 50 years after their breakthrough and more

The Royal Guardsmen talk about ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,’ reuniting 50 years after their breakthrough and more

It's midmorning at the pub, not far from the backyard patio where it all began, and the old guys from the old band are reminiscing on the old days over cream of mushroom soup."When we were kids," Billy Taylor said, "all you wanted was a hot shower ev...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Review: Foo Fighters drop an all-night rock revival on Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Review: Foo Fighters drop an all-night rock revival on Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Dave Grohl charged out like a pre-tween hopped up on Code Red, sprinting from corner to corner of the stage, all kinds of jacked up to preach the high holy gospel of RAWK."You know why I'm here? Do you know why I came here tonight?" the Foo Fighters ...
Updated: 11 hours ago