Screened Out – Disney’s Moana

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Jermaine Clemente, Nicole Scherzinger

Pacific Islander folklore meets Broadway-style tunes and 3D computer animation – could it possibly work? Yes, it can!

Disney does what they do best, breaking ground and making merchandise. But this time, a plucky heroine and a goofy demigod challenge the typical template. And then great vocal talent, snappy tunes, and scene after scene of absolutely breathtaking scenery bring Moana to life.

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Comic Christine O’Leary brings her beloved stand-up back to St. Pete

By : Stephen J. Miller
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Wildly popular lesbian comedian Christine O’Leary just wants to make people laugh. And she’ll surely do just that when she returns to St. Petersburg on March 13 and 14.

“I am codependent enough to have the perfect work ethic for stand-up. I will do whatever it takes till I make you like me!” says O’Leary.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Lily Rabe

After a couple successful films, The Hunger Games takes the Harry Potter/Twilight approach and stretches out their finale into two parts. Bad choice. Unfortunately, only about 45 minutes of this murky, listless 2-hour flick advances the plot. This feels more like a cash grab.

So far, The Hunger Games has succeeded as a tweener Brave New World. It’s buoyed a beloved book series with smart adaptation and Lawrence’s strong performance. This installment still explores dystopian themes by combining reality show tactics with classical themes of good versus evil. (Think Gladiator meets 1984.) We’re all ready for war. Instead, Part 1 is a slow, halting stumble . Most of this movie is stuck underground, in dark, dusty tunnels. Audiences have a long wait for the next flick – November 2015 – to see if they finally deliver some epic battles.

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