Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Steve Persall's movie reviews usually appear in Thursday's Weekend section but — like his columns, features and interviews — can pop up anywhere in the Tampa Bay Times, any day of the week. Persall was conceived behind a Tarpon Springs drive-in theater his father managed, making him practically born for this job. He lives in Clearwater with his wife, Dianne (a.k.a. the right side of his brain), and trusty dog, Mojo.



Rusty Schwimmer and Timothy Omundson in Wild Honey. (Photo by: Justin Lubin)

A guide to the 2018 Sunscreen Film Fest in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s longest-running cinema showcase returns Thursday when the Sunscreen Film Festival begins its 13th edition.Sunscreen 2018 continues its advocacy of spunky shoestring indies with 130 features, documentaries and...
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Debbie Voiles, 64, who has been running 41 years and founded the largest running club in the area, Run Tampa, passes out stickers before the Iron Girl Clearwater 5K run on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Runners wear the stickers with the number 261 in honor of Kathrine Switzer.

Documentary ‘The Human Race,’ which has Tampa Bay ties, celebrates running in 50s and well beyond

An 80-year-old woman runs half marathons to stay one step ahead of Alzheimer’s. A man in his 50s runs his first 5K. A cancer survivor celebrates her 60s by running the U.S. perimeter.Welcome to The Human Race, an upcoming documentary...
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Persall: Upon my retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Persall: Upon my retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Time to retire, nearly 25 years to the day after starting work as the Times' movie critic. That's how long I pledged to stay if hired in 1993. Nobody believed it. I couldn't blame them.
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(From L-R): Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, and Steve Lemme in

This is a week to spring clean instead of hitting a movie theater.

It’s a spring cleaning weekend at multiplexes, with studios vacuuming every dollar from current releases before the Avengers and Amy Schumer drop in next week. If you’ve seen
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Jon Hamm stars as Mason Skiles in

What’s in theaters: ‘Beirut,’ ‘Rampage,’ ‘Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare’

INDIE FLICKS:BEIRUTJon Hamm has no trouble looking like a movie star. Dapper or bedraggled, it doesn’t matter what kind of role. He’ll make it believable. What he doesn’t have yet is a...
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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows  John Krasinski, left, and Noah Jupe in a scene from

Why it’d be even scarier to watch John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ at home instead of in theater

A Quiet Place is where John Krasinski’s hushed experiment in terror should be watched, not at multiplexes where silence is easily broken.Krasinski’s movie wrings fright from silence so well that he accidentally makes a case for waiting...
Updated: 3 months ago
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows actor-director John Krasinski on the set of

What’s in theaters this week: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Blockers,’ ‘The Miracle Season’

A QUIET PLACEReal-life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, right, need to keep it down in A Quiet Place (PG-13). Silence isn’t just golden; it can save your...
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What’s in theaters this week: ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Tyler Perry’s Acrimony’

INDIE FLICKS: THE DEATH OF STALINDespite its somber title, The Death of Stalin (R) is the year’s funniest movie so far, delivered by director/co-writer Armando Iannucci with...
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Tye Sheridan in a scene from

‘Ready Player One,’ all retro references and CGI dazzle, lacks emotional pull of Spielberg classics

After two hours of pop clutter and video game clatter, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has the audacity to proclaim reality matters. Kind of like a snuff film with an end note saying murder is bad.Ready Player One is...
Updated: 3 months ago

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is even more visually fantastic than ‘Mr. Fox.’ Is that a good thing?

Isle of Dogs is an oronym, a phrase sounding like another, in this case "I love dogs," which writer-director Wes Anderson obviously does.Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion animation applies his signature dry wit to wet noses, a...
Updated: 3 months ago