IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
It's easy for worthy, smaller films to get overlooked in the summer stampede of Hollywood blockbusters. That shouldn't happen to Dope and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, for each put fresh spins on teenage movie tropes.
Dope (R) stars newcomer Shameik Moore as Malcolm, who unlike most African-American teenagers in movies isn't into thug life or street dancing. Malcolm wants to attend Harvard, appreciates the "white" things in life, like BMX bikes, and fronts a hip-hop and punk band....
Don't worry about brushing up on Terminator mythology before seeing the latest sequel. There's a helpful prologue in Terminator Genisys that explains everything that happened since 1984, and a movie after that makes much of it useless.
The players behind Terminator Genisys are resetting the game, having time-traveled themselves into an acute corner, through four movies of declining quality and popularity since James Cameron stopped directing them. Cameron isn't around for this one, either, but he's happy to praise it for TV ads. Not many will....
A fun idea gets a little too big for its g-strings with Magic Mike XXL, a movie that really needs to shut up and dance.
The unexpected critical and box office success of 2012's Magic Mike, the stripper bromance partly filmed around Tampa Bay, went to everyone's heads. Now these guys barely share a stage, when volume testosterone was part of the first movie's charm. Even Matt Bomer thinks he deserves a solo spotlight, not to hump-and-grind much but to sing....
Seth MacFarlane got a bigger budget for Ted 2 and blew much of it in the opening credits, a splashy production number Busby Berkeley would love, led by Ted Clubberlang, a walking, (dirty) talking teddy bear.
It's the classiest thing about Ted 2, and for that we are grateful. Not to mention a little sore from laughing so hard.
This will either be the most evasive movie review of MacFarlane's movie you'll read or the shortest, for the same reason. The jokes are too off-the-chain hilarious to spoil, and can't be repeated unless I'm writing for Hustler....
As usual in such movies, the young cancer patient of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes slowly and lovely, putting on a brave, pallid face for someone unlikely who cares.
What sets apart Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's YA tearjerker — most of the time — is a determination to not get too worked up about what our unreliable narrator calls a "doomed friendship" from day one. This is among the funnier entries in the cancer-kid genre, flawed yet affable, with no fault in its dweebly charismatic stars....
06/23/15 The Feed
Dick Van Patten, the affable paterfamilias on the '70s television hit Eight is Enough, died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications from diabetes. Mr. Van Patten was 86.
At a time in American culture when large, nuclear families began declining in number, Eight is Enough stubbornly portrayed their virtues, with Mr. Van Patten guiding a brood of eight children ranging in age from 8 to 22. The role was based upon memoirs written by syndicated newspaper columnist Tom Braden, renamed Tom Bradford for the series....
TAMPA — Dusty Rhodes, the "people's champion" for five decades in professional wrestling, was quietly celebrated Wednesday in private services after his death last week at age 69.
The scene outside St. Lawrence Catholic Church in West Tampa was so unlike Mr. Rhodes, a garrulous performer whose lisping Texas twang and "bionic elbow" practically shook the foundation of Fort Homer Hesterly Armory two generations ago. Billing himself as "the American Dream," Mr. Rhodes sometimes invited fans to join him in wrestling rings after important victories, perhaps dine with them at Waffle House, anything to make a connection....
Whatever definition of "dope" you prefer, it applies to Rick Famuyiwa's movie of the same name. Dope is a drug caper involving teenagers doing stupid things for the geeks they are, the kind John Hughes might have written if he allowed black people in his movies.
Famuyiwa has a blast flipping Hughes' script, the angst of adolescent outsiders in suburbia now set in an Inglewood, Calif., neighborhood dubbed "the Bottoms." Famuyiwa set 1999's The Wood near there, knows the multicultural territory and shares it with pure, sometimes sloppy exuberance....
A train of thought runs through Inside Out. Seriously, there's an actual train chugging through the candy-colored mindscape of an 11-year-old girl, an ingenious new frontier for Pixar's brand of magic and Disney's magical brand.
Inside Out is the animation leaders' most ambitiously original project since Up, a relief after a five-year streak of sequels and Brave. This one ranks among their finest, certainly the most intellectually challenging in the way it makes abstracts so relatable to anyone, young and old. It thinks, therefore it is....
Another independently produced documentary that might otherwise skip Tampa Bay needs 84 tickets sold to make a one-time only showing happen. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret examines the global impact of large-scale factory farming including climate change, deforestation and water pollution. So you can see why is isn't a hot ticket like Jurassic World. Enter concerned citizen Heather Allen of Tampa, who arranged with the movie's distributor for a Cowspiracy screening June 25, 7:30 p.m. at Centro Ybor 20 in Ybor City, but only if 84 tickets are sold by Thursday. On Friday, the ticketing website ( tugg.com/events/20762) showed 35 sold at $12 each. Another moviegoer, Barry Silber of Lutz, recently used a similar method to bring the skeptics documentary An Honest Liar to Regency 20 in Brandon. Yes, kids, there's more to movies than dinosaurs and superheroes. It just takes extra effort to find it. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic...
Before Tampa Bay ever had a Buccaneer, Lightning, Rowdie or Ray to cheer, Dusty Rhodes was the community's biggest sports hero.
Perhaps not in size (6-foot-1, 275 pounds) but certainly in personality, a bellowing Texan with a faint lisp and "bionic elbow" proclaimed himself the American Dream and fans believed it.
The pro wrestling legend died Thursday at age 69, reportedly of kidney failure....
Legendary screen villain Christopher Lee and Golden Globe winner Ron Moody shared a craft, a homeland and not much else professionally.
Now they share eternity, each after dying of natural causes in their native England in recent days. Mr. Lee died June 7 but the announcement was delayed in order to contact family members; Mr. Moody died Thursday.
Mr. Lee, 93, was one of cinema's most prolific actors ever with 280 film, TV and vocal performances to his credit. He was the most famous Dracula not named Lugosi, a sinister Bond villain who should've won, and the only actor appearing in both the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises....
The first dinosaurs we see in Jurassic World are holograms, a transparent fakery when we've waited 14 years for the CGI-real things. Don't worry, they're coming.
Initially, Jurassic World is about a different sort of gargantuan beast created by technology run amok. Call them Themeparkasaurus, those fantasy thrill centers devouring vacation budgets. The behemoth causing John Williams' recycled music to swell isn't a dinosaur but the first sighting of the Isla Nublar park itself, teeming with tourists. Or, as they'll come to be known, lunch....
For its 25th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando is pitting Hollywood's grisliest icons against each other, and park visitors.
Universal announced Wednesday that Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees will go scarred face to hockey mask in their own haunted house. The attraction is titled Freddy vs. Jason, echoing their lone screen collaboration....
Two months after taking this job in 1993, everything I'd learned about movies began changing.
History was being made by prehistoric creatures inhabiting the year's biggest hit, Jurassic Park.
At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur myself, you shoulda been there, in a darkened theater watching the most realistic behemoths ever manufactured on screen, before spectacle became so common. If you were, you know what I mean....