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At the rate Hollywood is turning out space films, there isn’t much left to discover in the genre it seems. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44”) certainly makes a run at it though, re-teaming with his “Safe House” star Ryan Reynolds.

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Christopher Lowe has never turned down an acting gig he didn’t like — especially challenging ones, such as his role of the “ghost of John Barrymore” in Bay Area Harbour Playhouse’s production of “I Hate Hamlet,” which makes its debut at 8 p.m. today at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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If you want to experience a plethora of emotions this weekend, then make sure you check out Island East-End Theatre’s premiere of “Next to Normal” at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s next concert includes a Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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Disney’s third live action remake continues their quest to update the beloved cartoons for modern audiences. Oscar winner Bill Condon (“Chicago,” “The Twilight Saga”) returns to the world of the musical, introducing new songs in the fairy tale and more information on the characters.

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In a limited engagement, one of the world’s oldest touring Shakespeare theater companies, Actors From The London Stage, will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the Bayou Theater of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in …

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Aside from that embarrassing Cruise/Diaz action flop Knight & Day, director James Mangold has a solid track record working with actors. Both Angelina Jolie (“Girl Interrupted”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) won Academy Awards under his direction. Mangold was the ideal choice to…

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Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, but this British production offers something slightly off the beaten path. Mike Carey’s novel and screenplay takes ideas from superhero films like “X-Men” and expects the audience to already know quite a bit of zombie history from other films.

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The Galveston Historical Foundation is inviting you and me to a night of food, fun, music and frivolity as it gears up for its Mardi Gras kickoff with its “Menardi Gras Celebration” at 7 p.m. today at the Michel B. Menard House — which just happens to be the island’s oldest residence — at 16…

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The biggest sporting event in the world will take place Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. However, before those festivities start, there’s a chance for you to get your praise on in a “super” way when the NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration kicks off Super Bowl LI with a star-studded…

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Most people like attending theater productions and movies to escape the reality of their everyday lives. The Broadway musical “Pippin,” presented by the National Touring Co., will allow you to do just that in two spectacular performances.

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Island East End Theater will present John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair,” which will make its debut at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

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Swedish director Lasse Hallström has made a career out of hit-or-miss feature films. One minute he has delivered Golden Globe nominated “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” an international romantic comedy.

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The eighth annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will kick off with a Night Party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand St., in Galveston.

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Charlie & The Regrets will be performing its robust and eclectic collection of bohemian-infused honky-tonk music at 8:30 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.

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Students and staff in the visual and performing arts departments across Clear Creek Independent School District will come together for the district’s second annual performance of the Choral Masterworks Concert set for 5 p.m. Saturday at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, in …

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Not the movie itself, but what director Peter Berg, and in part Mark Wahlberg, are doing feels exploitative, taking tragedies and turning a profit. That being said, “Patriots Day” (opening months after their Deepwater Horizon collaboration) showcases what Berg and his team does best, deliver…

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In his first film since Oscar-nominated “The Impossible,” (coincidentally my favorite movie of 2012), J.A. Bayona continues his theme on suffering. Using mixed media of CGI characters, watercolor animation and live action, “A Monster Calls” is an emotional journey, perhaps even a tool for yo…

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The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert Sunday will include a performance by a Mariachi band. The symphony’s music director, Trond Saeverud, talked about the program.

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The centuries-old tradition, The Twelfth Night of Christmas, will be celebrated with wassail, king cake and holiday tunes by the Galveston College Community Chorale at 7 p.m. at the historic Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston.

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Now that the holidays are out of the way and cooler weather is in the forecast, things are tending to slow down a little bit as far as big events are concerned. However, there still are a wide array of events that you should be made aware of.

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Following his 2014 indie “St. Vincent”, writer/director Theodore Melfi delivers one of 2016’s most heartwarming and rousing true stories. If Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) does snag her second Oscar nomination, along with presumed nominees from “Fences” and “Moonlig…

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For those of you who celebrate Kwanzaa, or always wanted to, make sure you clear your schedule to attend the Nia Cultural Center’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at 6 p.m. today at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M, in Galveston.

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Although most of us are preparing to celebrate Christmas this weekend, it’s not too late — or early — to start making plans to celebrate the end of the year with the hope and promise of a new one on the horizon.

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The controversial gamble to move the Critics Choice Awards from January to early December paid off big time this past Sunday. More stars, bigger excitement and the voting body of the Broadcast Film Critics Association had the distinction of being the first major award show this season.