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Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt in a scene from James Ponsoldt’s sci-fi thriller The Circle. STX Entertainment

Movie Planner: 'The Circle,' 'How to Be a Latin Lover,' 'Sleight' open

OPENING Thursday: THE CIRCLE Tom Hanks and Emma Watson are box office roadkill this weekend, as The Fate of the Furious roars while The Circle (PG-13) looks like a zero. The Circle is a sci-fi thriller with Hanks as a social media mogul whose latest unethical idea shatters all expectations of privacy. Watson plays  …

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  1. Stars shine in St. Petersburg for Sunscreen Film Festival

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    St. Petersburg had stars in its eyes Thursday when the Sunscreen Film Festival kicked off its 12th edition.

    Castille Landon, a director from Los Angeles who went to high school while living in Terra Ceia, leads Apple the miniature horse down the steps of the Palladium in St. Petersburg during the Sunscreen Film Festival Thursday, April 27, 2017. The horse was a star in Landon's film, Apple of My Eye.
  2. Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, has died at 73

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    Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock 'n' roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73.

    Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006.  Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73. [Associated Press]
  3. Movie Planner: 'The Circle,' 'How to Be a Latin Lover,' 'Sleight' open

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    OPENING Thursday: THE CIRCLE

    Tom Hanks and Emma Watson are box office roadkill this weekend, as The Fate of the Furious roars while The Circle (PG-13) looks like a zero.

    Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt in a scene from James Ponsoldt’s sci-fi thriller The Circle.
  4. For the 30th anniversary of 'Spaceballs', 5 more epic parodies to watch

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    The scene made much more sense when I finally saw Alien.

    Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) salutes his unscrupulous leader, President Skroob (Mel Brooks), in "Spaceballs."
  5. Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

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    BY STEVE PERSALL

    Times Movie Critic

    Escaping the heat in a dark movie theater this weekend?

    Don't forget the Sunscreen.

    Members and fans of the film industry gather outside of the Palladium during opening night of 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival at  in St. Petersburg in 2016. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times
  6. Interview: Daphne Zuniga talks 'Spaceballs' and Carrie Fisher 30 years later

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    Funny, after 30 years, Daphne Zuniga still doesn't look Druish.

    Daphne Zuniga, seen here in Spaceballs, will visit St. Petersburg for the Sunscreen Film Festival and a screening for the movie's 30th anniversary.
  7. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch

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    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Dealing with the consequences of misspent youth, Renton (Ewan McGregor, right) returns to Scotland after running out on his mates with drug money, and Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), still wanting payback, runs a failing pub.
  8. Black Maria festival returns to Richey Suncoast Theatre with 10 short films

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The world-famous Black Maria Film Festival will make a stop at Richey Suncoast Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 28, showing a collection of 10 award-winning short films created by filmmakers from around the world. They range in length from four to 15 minutes.

    Joan a documentary about a woman diagnosed with sarcoma who is determined to have a full life, will be one of the films featured at the Black Maria Film Festival at Richey Suncoast Theatre.
  9. Review: Brie Larson is too good for 'Free Fire' shoot-em-up

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    "Wait, I forgot whose side I'm on!" yells someone in the line of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley's lunatic shooting gallery and not much else.

    Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer in a scene from "Free Fire." (Kerry Brown/A24 via AP)
  10. Movie Planner: 'Colossal,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Born in China,' 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise'

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    INDIE FLICKS

    COLOSSAL

    Two types of movies we've seen too many times merge to imaginative effect in Colossal (R). One is monster-stompers like Godzilla, the other any indie dramedy featuring a washout returning home. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo shows they have more …

    Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway in Colossal.
  11. Review: 'The Fate of the Furious' tries too hard, but it's still family

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    The Fate of the Furious had me at Havana, the setting for another shock-paddle start to another moving violation of critical standards. Number eight, but who's counting besides accountants?

    Vin Diesel in the film "The Fate of the Furious." (Universal Pictures)
  12. Movie Planner: Meet 'Gifted' screenwriter from St. Pete, plus The Fate of the Furious

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    'GIFTED' SCREENWRITER: TOM FLYNN

    Octavia Spencer, from left, McKenna Grace and Chris Evans appear in Gifted.
  13. Everything you need to know for the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando

    Features

    Attention: Local nerf herders, Stormtroopers, rebels, Jedis and smugglers alike. Stars Wars Celebration is heading to Orlando this weekend for four days of light saber wielding, TIE fighter flying and learning the ways of the Force.

    The Star Wars Celebration is coming to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for a third time this weekend, bringing celebrity guests from all across a galaxy far, far away.
  14. Review: St. Petersburg-set 'Gifted' a charming child prodigy tale

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    I'm a sucker for movies about child prodigies: Searching for Bobby Fischer, Little Man Tate, anything about boundless young intellect unleashed, hopefully not at childhood's expense.

    Frank (Chris Evans, left) wants to keep his math prodigy niece, played by the talented McKenna Grace, right,  in public school for a chance at a normal life. His snooty mother has other plans.
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  15. Review: Oscar-winner 'Toni Erdmann' awkwardly warm German comedy

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    On paper, nothing about Toni Erdmann suggests how entertaining it can be.

    Peter Simonischek in Toni Erdmann (2016)