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From the writers and directors of the slapstick comedy “Vacation,” comes another ridiculous film in the vein of Steve Carell/Tina Fey’s “Date Night.” Misunderstanding is the backbone of modern day comedies. Jason Bateman himself is the king of that very concept. “Game Night” embraces its own…

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Making its “grand” debut, the Yamato Japanese drum troupe, which is in the middle of a 30-city tour in the United States, has been going strong for 25 years with its traditional, dazzling, up-tempo and innovative drumming style combined with modern athleticism and visuals.

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Old Central Cultural Center board of directors will present its fifth annual Black Heritage Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 2627 Ave. M in Galveston.

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The eighteenth film in the Marvel movie universe offers a different pedigree of superhero. In a fierce battle between the two comic book superhero studios, DC bested rival Marvel with “Wonder Woman,” the first big budget modern day female comic book adaptation, and now it’s Marvel’s turn to …

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The Galveston Symphony Orchestra will play an early Valentine’s Day concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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Today kicks off the final weekend of Mardi Gras events; and even though this year’s festivities may include some rain and cooler weather — the party will still go on.

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Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”) aims for romance in his new fantasy film “The Shape of Water.” Unlikely lead Sally Hawkins (“Maudie”) delivers a quiet performance, literally, where her full talent is finally on display for the rest of the world to discover how amazing she is. Nominated f…

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Today marks the kickoff of Mardi Gras! Galveston’s annual festivities that will feature parades, live music, food and everyone’s favorite — beads!

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I’ll be the first to admit, not a big fan of Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”). I want to clear the air so I can say, without hesitation, this might be the project of hers that turns me into a fan. There are a couple of factors that make the ridiculously titled “Film Stars Don’t Die in L…

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With Mardi Gras festivities on the horizon, Yaga’s Entertainment will kick off its ninth annual Chili Quest and Beer Fest today at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand St., in Galveston.

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In partnership with the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, Rosenberg Library will present its newest art exhibit “Never A Dull Moment: The Art of Grace Spaulding John” with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the fourth floor Harris Gallery at 2310 Se…

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The 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were held last week, once again at Santa Monica, Calif. This year marks my third year as a Broadcast Film Critics Society member and Choice award voter. I was joined Thursday night by more than 200 TV and radio film critics (including four others from H…

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In conjunction with its ArtWalk event, the Galveston Arts Center will present three exhibitions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

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The nation will officially celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday; however, there are several MLK events across Galveston County this weekend that you should take the time to attend.

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The time for questioning the motives of Liam Neeson’s choice in action movie scripts is over and now we must question his sanity. In his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop,” “Run All Night”), Neeson once again takes part in a formulaic action movie that’s predic…

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra is opening 2018 with a pops concert. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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In the band’s debut performance in Texas, Bumper Jacksons will bring their unique blend of bluegrass, jazz and swing music to University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2700 Bay Area Blvd. in Houston.

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“Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace,” “Black Mass” and now “Hostiles.” Scott Cooper, the actor turned director, has quickly become one of the most prolific American cinematic voices. His latest film “Hostiles,” the darkest subject matter yet, but also his most accomplished. Cooper’s scripts h…

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The Nia Cultural Center will present its 30th annual Kwanzaa celebration — “Purposely Building and Developing Our Families and Community” — Saturday at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M, in Galveston.

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There are striking similarities between Jessica Chastain’s “Miss Sloane” from last year, and her buzzy new film “Molly’s Game.” Both leading characters are unapologetic, powerful and in control of the men around them, while being investigated for illegal activity. Oscar winning screenwriter …

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The battered black leather Bible on display in the county courthouse at 722 21st St. has a story or two to tell. Printed in 1884, it was found on this island’s shore, washed up by the tides after the great 1900 Storm. Its owner, William Levy, did not survive the hurricane, but his father, Di…

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Topping last year’s, “A Bigger Splash,” Italian director Luca Guadagnino has created nothing short of a masterpiece in adapting André Aciman’s novel of the same name. In a screenplay by James Ivory (front-runner to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay) “Call Me By Your Name” is one of the mo…

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Editor’s note: Steve K. Alexander, a marine biologist and adjunct professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, recently published “Exploring Galveston: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Island,” now available locally at Galveston Bookshop. He talked with The Daily News about his book.

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The Kennedy Dance Theatre will present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” Saturday and Sunday at the Bayou Theater on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

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The ninth “Star Wars” film boasts not only one of the largest casts in the franchise’s history but also the longest running time (152 minutes). Fanboy director Rian Johnson (“Looper”) takes the reins from J.J. Abrams, delivering an entry that is categorically for the die-hard fan. The story …

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The Tonya Harding biopic/mockumentary came into the Toronto International Film Festival as an “also showing” flick. Yet after the first screening, it became one of the most buzzed about films and now was just nominated for five Critics Choice Awards. It was also one of the highest profile ac…

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s concert Sunday will feature a piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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To help get you in the holiday mood, the Mainland Chorale and Duck & Cover A Cappella vocal groups from College of the Mainland will present a free concert “Songs of the Light” at 7:30 p.m. today at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 8200 25th Ave. N., in Texas City.

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The 44th annual Dickens on The Strand, sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation kicks off with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the historical downtown district in Galveston.

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After her relentless on-screen presence playing the same characters in every movie, Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut. The original screenplay based on her love of home in Sacramento, is what you would expect from the “Mistress America” actress. Yet, somehow with Oscar nominated Saoir…

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With Thanksgiving out of the way, all things Christmas will be on display in “grand” fashion as The Grand 1894 Opera House presents the holiday spectacular “Christmas Wonderland.”

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What the trailer makes look like a comedy is surprisingly very sad. From writer/director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) comes another ambitiously vulgar, sarcastically brilliant script that audiences familiar with his work will admire. His screenplays are always the highl…

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If you're looking for a trip down memory lane that the entire family can enjoy, look no further than the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse's presentation of the timeless classic "The Wizard of Oz," which will make its debut — for one show only — at 3 p.m. Saturday at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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“Justice League” might be another clunky, dark comic book adaptation from the DC Universe, but its seriousness is part of its appeal versus “Thor: Ragnarok,” which feels more like junk food. If Cate Blanchett’s Hela was too much of a softy, Ciaran Hinds Steppenwolf (he looks even more ridicu…

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Director Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) has procured the leading role of famous literary inspector Hercule Poirot for himself. A former television film, based on Agatha Christie’s most popular mystery novel, “Murder on the Orient Express” gets the big screen treatment with a cast as long as the tr…

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More than 50 artists, from near and far, will be donating their original sea level rise themed artwork for the Artist Boat’s annual “Float the Boat” gala, which enables the local nonprofit to continue its work to inspire and educate people through unique coastal experiences.

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In anticipation of 250,000 motorcycles set to cross the causeway, the Lone Star Rally — the largest four-day motorcycle rally in America — kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday with a plethora of concerts, attractions, exhibits, and vendors throughout Galveston Island on the s…

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Disney is working overtime, trying to convince audiences that the third installment of Marvel’s “Thor” is better than the previous. With five appearances as the God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth (“Ghostbusters”) gets a new look, inventive director Taika Waititi injects life to the franchise an…