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You can officially stop wondering or hoping if the modern “Jurassic Park” franchise will ever recapture what audiences felt in 1993. These desperate sequels will never have the effect on a generation that Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster did on ours. That said, Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 “Jurassic…

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Apparently, people can make a movie about anything. “Tag” is the head-scratching true story about childhood friends who played the “tag you’re it” game well into their 50s.

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Bands on the Sand, which is an annual summer tradition around these parts, kicks off tonight at Palm Beach at Moody Gardens at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston.

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There is going to be a lot of talk about “Hereditary,” it’s the type of film that exists to disturb, bother and create conversation. First time feature filmmaker Ari Aster floored audiences when “Hereditary” debuted at Sundance earlier this year. It’s not simply that his film is frightening …

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School is officially out for summer, so the good folks down on the Kemah Boardwalk are inviting residents and visitors to its Schools Out Summer Bash, which will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.

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Saoirse Ronan received her first Oscar nomination for “Atonement,” written by Ian McEwan. Once again, she takes on a role he created, writing his own screen adaptation for the first time. Director Dominic Cooke, unfortunately, doesn’t work the same wonders with McEwan’s script that Joe Wrigh…

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There is nothing inherently wrong with the latest “Star Wars” film, but it’s biggest problem is there is nothing enthusiastically right with it, either. “Star Wars” fatigue set in a few films ago, as the longstanding cultural phenomenon, which used to debut as a once-every-few-years event, n…

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We mostly associate the Memorial Day weekend as the official start of summer. However, there are several events scheduled this weekend to remember those who served in our national armed forces.

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The Front Door Social and Charity Club, a local nonprofit helping those less fortunate in Galveston County, will have its ninth annual Alfred “Fats” Gary Scholarship Fundraiser from 9 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Front Door Club at 6106 FM 1765 in Texas City.

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Most of the original gang returns for this sequel except for the director, Tim Miller. Creative differences arose between Miller and producer/lead actor Ryan Reynolds, who’s really calling all the shots here. Despite different directors and an inflated budget, “Deadpool 2” is more of the sam…

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This marks the fourth film wife and husband team Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have collaborated on. “Life of the Party” is a step above “Tammy” and “The Boss” (both were directed by Falcone). However, McCarthy’s continued reach for duplicating the success of “Bridesmaids” falls short. Mc…

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Featuring musical performances by Haley Comeaux, Jason Allen, Bag of Donuts, Bris Crider, The Cadillacs, Mayeux & Broussard, Shooter Jennings, Sandy G y Los Gavilanes and Scott McGill & Guest, the 33rd annual Texas Crab Festival kicks off tonight at Gregory Park at 2292 state Highway…

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LULAC Council No. 151 will have its annual LULAC-Corona Beer Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at noon Sunday in front of the old Galveston County Courthouse at 722 21st St. in Galveston.

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“Tully” feels like a do-over for director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody’s 2011 film, “Young Adult.” Charlize Theron stars in both. “Young Adult” was a film made with good ingredients that never quite mixed together in a cohesive manner. “Tully” tackles similar subject matter, a woman …

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Music ensembles from College of the Mainland have a full slew of events — free and open to the public — on the following dates and locations:

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A fellow critic asked the rhetorical question, “does the latest ‘Avengers’ live up to the hype?” What is hype, is that the excellent marketing that Disney (which owns Marvel) is telling fans who were already going to buy a ticket and love the film without seeing it to get excited? “Avengers …

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For anyone who’s never attended a Brave Combo performance, keyboard player and founding member Carl Finch said his advice is to simply expect the unexpected. The two-time Grammy award-winning, Denton-based quintet will bring their combination polka, blues, zydeco, cha-cha and cumbia dance mu…

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“I Feel Pretty” marks the third leading comedy role for Amy Schumer, who burst onto the scene with “Trainwreck” in 2015. Schumer seems to be actively trying to avoid becoming the latest movie star comedienne who gets cast in similar roles in different films only to burn out until the next bi…

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Another movie where highest paid “actor” Dwayne Johnson saves the world. “Rampage” is also the second video game adaptation we’ve seen this year. Director Brad Peyton and Johnson have become a team delivering spectacle film “Journey 2” and “San Andreas” (the sequel to that one coming soon). …

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The Friends of Downtown Friendswood will debut The Front Porch Series featuring music and unique stories from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum at 108 Skyview Terrace in Friendswood.

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The horror genre is making a comeback where intelligent and creative entries are concerned. “A Quiet Place” is the sophomore directorial effort from actor John Krasinski who also stars in the film. It’s a swift horror film that earns genuinely terrifying moments, never getting bogged down in…

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Easter is all about grace and The Grand will be offering a post-Easter, traveling Broadway treat titled, “Amazing Grace” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14.

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At the core of Riyaaz Qawwali’s musical performances is interfaith awareness and a celebration of the diversity in South Asia. The seven-man ensemble returns — back by popular demand — to share its particular brand of centuries-old spiritual, devotional music for their second performance of …

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“It’s a film for the fans,” is a familiar phrase uttered almost weekly when discussing superhero movies, sequels or franchise fare. “Ready Player One” is the latest addition. It’s another ambitious Steven Spielberg adaptation, this time based on Ernest Cline’s pop culture novel of the same n…

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Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh delivers his first horror movie and his first film shot entirely with an iPhone. This isn’t the first film released to be shot entirely on the popular mobile device. “Tangerine” by Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) was an award-winning iPhone-shot fi…

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After being awarded a Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest crawfish bash with 58,000 pounds of crawfish cooked in eight hours in 2017 — the Big Ass Crawfish Bash will make its county return March 24 at Gulf Greyhound Park at 1000 FM 2004 in La Marque.

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Thinking a man doesn’t know English when he really does gets a group of devious characters into big trouble in “The Foreigner,” which opens tonight at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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Roger Ebert said, “No one can play Lara Croft like Angelina Jolie.” It turns out, he was right. Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) has struggled to find her place in Hollywood after winning such acclaim at an early age. The “Tomb Raider” reboot or prequel, is the first …

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With today’s politically charged environment for change taking over communities all across America — just like they did back in the 60s — get ready to go back in time as Island East-End Theatre presents its production of the Broadway classic “Hair.”

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The good folks over at Mod Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice St., is serving up more than a good cup of coffee in downtown Galveston.

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Director Ava DuVernay’s fourth feature film is based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. Debuting at a time where diverse directors are making their mark, “A Wrinkle in Time” comes to the screen on the heels of Disney’s groundbreaking “Black Panther.” DuVernay’s snub in the best…

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With an anticipated crowd of 5,000 — the third annual Ron Carter Texas Music Fest, organized by the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association, will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Captain’s Corner Shopping Center at 150 S. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.

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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) re-teams with her “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence. “Red Sparrow” debuting in March was enough to lower my expectations, especially after the Hollywood star’s last Razzie nominated project. It begins with one heck of an openi…

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The Galveston Arts Center will present two new exhibitions in conjunction with the 2018 FotoFest Biennial from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 3 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

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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!