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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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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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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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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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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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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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The South American perspective of Jackie Kennedy is apparently similar to a horror movie seen through the eyes of director Pablo Larraín.

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Author and first time screenwriter, J.K. Rowling says “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” isn’t a prequel to her Harry Potter story, but I think fans will beg to differ when they get goose bumps from hearing names like Dumbledore, Strange and Grindelwald.

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Two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”, “Apocalypto”) continues his 2016 comeback, this time back in the director’s chair, for the first time in a decade.

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By far the most entertaining film I saw back at SXSW this past spring was “In a Valley of Violence.” Horror actor, writer, director Ti West (“The Sacrament”) delivers his most accessible work to date, a Western set in 1890 of all things.

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“The Accountant” has been swirled in secrecy, skipping film festivals, withdrawing from pre screenings. Unlike “The Girl on the Train” which dodged its way into a wide release, Affleck’s latest dark thriller packs an unusual punch. 

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The comparisons with “12 Years a Slave” will be impossible to avoid. Both true stories focus on slaves during the early 1800s, both films distributed by Fox Searchlight, but the similarities really end there.

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“Snowden” has problems, and it starts with director Oliver Stone. The controversial, three time Oscar winner hasn’t really made a good film since 1995’s “Nixon” (ironically the last time he was nominated). His notion of more being more always distracts and takes away from whatever current ag…

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Galveston Arts Center will present a group show entitled "New Beginnings: The Shape of Things to Come" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 in the downstairs gallery of the Center, 2127 Strand St. An artists talks event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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“Suicide Squad” is DC’s answer to Marvel’s “Deadpool.” Ayer has already stated he wants to explore an R-rated sequel, which shouldn’t be hard to pull off considering the success of Marvel's R-rated venture combined with the interest in releasing an R-rated version of “Batman v Superman."

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The “Bourne” series, which began in 2002 with director Doug Liman, instantly became Oscar-winner Matt Damon’s most successful acting venture. The 2004 sequel “The Bourne Supremacy” was handed over to director Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “Captain Phillips”), who revitalized the series. Gree…

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The Health and Wellness Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Fitness Expo, Lunch and A Big Shot of Life with Bobby Whisnand, “The Exercise Doctor,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 in the ballroom of the San Luis Hotel, 5222 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.