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One of the films I caught last week at the Toronto International Film Festival was Oscar-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal’s new film. It seems like every year there is a Gyllenhaal vehicle, that’s supposed to put him back in trophy contention. He might get his second nod for “Stronger,” but compare…

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For the past year and a half, Kevin Anthony & G-Town worked on its latest project which features all things Gulf Coast with a taste of Cajun on its 10th CD entitled “Jump the Fence.”

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I know this looks like a movie about tennis or gender equality. It’s both and neither at the same time. “Battle of the Sexes” has recent Oscar winner Emma Stone very much in the lead, and Steve Carell once again is teaming with his Little Miss Sunshine directors for another oddball supportin…

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The Galveston Arts Center will have its rescheduled ArtWalk event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at various galleries across the island, as well as at its location, 2127 Strand St., in Galveston.

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Yaga’s Entertainment will present its eighth annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival — rain or shine — Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 on Galveston Island. The annual event, which is a seafood lover’s paradise, will feature some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer.

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The 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “It” was a forgettable 192-minute miniseries. The director of throwaway horror flick “Mama,” Andy Muscheitti re-envisions the cult classic along with a variety of screenwriters, including Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”) who was originally sel…

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With the Labor Day weekend on the horizon, beer lovers from all over the country will be descending on Galveston Island for the eighth annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival set for Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

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Mark Webb wades into his second touchy-feely film of the year. “Gifted” proved to be an above average family drama that tugged at the heartstrings with moral superlatives. “The Only Living Boy in New York” includes every morally corrupt relational situation you could find on a daytime soap o…

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For the past 30 years or so, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce has been serving up Cajun-style shrimp with all the fixings along with cold beer and other drinks for its annual shrimp boil and dance.

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Pull out those dancing shoes, and get ready to dance the night away, zydeco style, when Guyland and The Zydeco Blazers perform from 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Mr. Calvin’s Club, 6020 Martin Luther King Ave., in Hitchcock.

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From the director of “The Expendables 3” comes a film that’s as predictable and by the books as you can get in the action genre. If there are surprises along the way, it’s at the monstrous running time and complete change of direction in subject matter. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a tonal p…

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Each year, during the second weekend of August, the city of Hitchcock has a big party celebrating all things Hitchcock — and the “good ole days.”

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Following his Oscar-nominated script for “Hell or High Water” and critically acclaimed “Sicario,” writer, now director, Taylor Sheridan has quickly become the master of modern day suspense thrillers. “Wind River” is the third consecutive script focusing on law enforcement. However, each film…

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Trash TV, that’s basically what you get with Halle Berry’s new film “Kidnap.” This plot isn’t all that different from “The Call,” where the former “Bond” girl played a 911 operator who takes justice into her own hands. “Kidnap” joins the collection of high profile Hollywood celebrities who p…

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Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) is pleased to announce our 15th season opener, “Disaster!” “Disaster!” is a new musical by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. “Disaster!” performances will continue through Aug. 19. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the 70s …

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The newly formed Galveston County Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will present its inaugural Boots & BBQ fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on the grounds of the beautiful Stringfellow Orchards, owned by Sam and Doris Collins, 7902 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock.

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Make sure you get your tickets to Riders in the Sky’s “A Salute to Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys,” which is set for 8 p.m. July 29 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

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Christopher Nolan is one of the most praise worthy filmmakers alive. His films challenge the audience beyond simple enjoyment, despite, most are blockbusters. He is also the rare writer/director pleasing the majority of critics and mainstream audiences alike. It’s also worth mentioning his p…

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While they will likely continue serving installments of this franchise as long as it makes money, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” number three in the reboot, is for all intents and purposes the end of the “Rise/Dawn” trilogy.

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If you like mystery and wacky parodies, then make sure you check out the musical “Song of Singapore,” now playing through July 30 at the College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

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“The Story of Boogie Woogie,” presented by pianist extraordinaire Ezra Charles, of Houston, is set to take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

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The best news about the third Spider-Man reboot (now in the hands of Marvel but still a product of Sony like the previous five installments), is they forgo the origin story. No spider bite, no dead uncle, we have been origin story’d to death with these reboots.

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Magician and illusionist Curt Miller will present his blend of magic, comedy, dancing and Vegas-style grand illusions to the island with shows kicking off Saturday at Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

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Although the Fourth of July, technically, isn’t until Tuesday, there will be several events leading up to the celebration of America’s birthday. Here are a few of them:

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Filmmaker Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) turns a corner in his career, shooting his first film in the United States. Working with new faces on-screen and crew behind him, it’s a new era for the director. “Baby Driver” is still very much in the vein of his previous work, but i…

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Twenty-one young students have been spending their summer vacation honing their acting skills as participants of the Students on Stage program at Island East End Theatre Co., 2317 Mechanic St., in Galveston.

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The Grand 1894 Opera House, Texas’ “official” opera house, is gearing up for the premiere of a hilarious new play and a return by one of The Grand’s favorite performers.

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King of the “If you have seen one of them, you have seen them all” franchise, Michael Bay’s profitable special effects blockbuster series is on its fifth installment. The audience is taken back in time with this latest sequel, incorporating King Arthur and Merlin into the Transformers origin story.

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For the past 25 years, the Houston Children’s Chorus has worked in tandem with the Galveston Independent School District and other local nonprofits to offer any island child an opportunity to sing and perform with the chorus for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on one of Texas’ grandest stag…

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Colin Trevorrow’s follow up to “Jurassic World,” his non tentpole picture before “Star Wars Episode XI” (2019), takes him back to “Safety Not Guaranteed” territory.

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The true story of a Marine who bonds with her German Shephard on a mission to Iraq could have been another cinematic animal failure like “Dog’s Purpose” or “Max.” Documentarian turned film director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, keeps this war thriller and emotional drama away from melodramatics. “…

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The Galveston Summer Musicals, presented by Texas Family Musicals, will open with its presentation of Broadway’s “South Pacific” at 7:30 p.m. today at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.