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Scarlett Johansson appears in a scene from Ghost in the Shell, a live-action version of the Japanese anime film.Paramount Pictures

Movie Planner: 'Ghost in the Shell,' 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

OPENING THURSDAY GHOST IN THE SHELL Trainspotting isn't the only 1996 release getting a makeover this weekend. The same year, Ghost in the Shell proved Japanese anime to be theatrically viable in the United States. Stylish, futuristic sex and violence with subtitles could sell tickets, not just VHS bootlegs. Now Gh …

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  1. Review: 'Personal Shopper' changes the conversation on Kristen Stewart

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    Time for a reassessment of Kristen Stewart, a divisive actor with a penchant for appearing detached from everything around her in a movie.

    Kristen Stewart’s seeming indifference works as Maureen Cartwright, employed by a demanding supermodel-designer. French writer-director Olivier Assayas grasps her essence, her twitchy elusiveness. 
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  2. Movie Planner: 'Ghost in the Shell,' 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

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    OPENING THURSDAY

    GHOST IN THE SHELL

    Trainspotting isn't the only 1996 release getting a makeover this weekend. The same year, Ghost in the Shell proved Japanese anime to be theatrically viable in the United States. Stylish, futuristic sex and violence with subtitles …

    Scarlett Johansson appears in a scene from Ghost in the Shell, a live-action version of the Japanese anime film.
  3. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch

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    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in " T2: Trainspotting." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk
  4. Review: 'The Boss Baby' needs someone to raise it right

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    The Boss Baby is a bun needing more time in the oven, some rethinking of what sort of animated comedy it wishes to be.

    Photo from The Boss Baby starring Alec Baldwin. 20th Century Fox.
  5. Review: Rebooted 'CHiPs' will have you speeding for the exits

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    Everything you need to know about the Hollywood reboot of CHiPs can be summarized in the first words the audience sees on the movie screen: "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all."

    Michael Pena and Dax Shepard take over for their beloved TV counterparts  Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox  in a groan-worthy reboot of CHiPs. (Warner Bros.)
  6. Review: 'Life' movie takes 'Alien' formula and runs with it

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    Life is surprising, which isn't easy for such an obvious descendant of Alien. There are only so many ways of trapping dead meat in a spaceship and introducing a malevolent life form to eat them.

    Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams in a scene from the movie “Life” directed by Daniel Espinosa. (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures/TNS) 1199081
  7. Movie Planner: 'The Last Word,' 'Life,' 'CHiPs' and 'Power Rangers'

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    INDIE FLICKS: THE LAST WORD

    Shirley MacLaine joins a gratifying trend of aging legends finding work in independent films like The Last Word (R). MacLaine's vehicle lands somewhere between Sally Field's smartly oddball Hello, My Name Is Doris and the maudlin egotism of Jerry …

    From left, Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine and AnnJewel Lee Dixon star in The Last Word.
  8. Review: 'Wilson' starring Woody Harrelson is indie films at their emptiest

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    In his graphic novels and infrequent movies, Daniel Clowes bitingly writes about people aged to imperfection. In last decade's Ghost World and Art School Confidential it only took Clowes' misfits until adolescence for hopeless cynicism to set in.

    Laura Dern as Pippi and Woody Harrelson as Wilson in the film "Wilson." (Twentieth Century Fox)
  9. 'Beauty and the Beast' roars to record-setting $170M debut

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    NEW YORK — Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.

     Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast." [Disney]
  10. Audience wowed by opening of 'destination' theater, Riverview 14 GDX

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    GIBSONTON — People stepped into the Goodrich Quality Theaters' GDX auditorium Thursday and immediately looked up in awe at the floor-to-ceiling screens.

    Goodrich Quality Theaters hopes its new Riverview 14 GDX will draw its audience from all across the Tampa area.
  11. Review: 'Beauty and the Beast' has none of the original's magic

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    Disney's new, unimproved Beauty and the Beast makes a tale as old as time creakier, feeling lifeless despite its flesh-and-blood casting.

    Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the cursed prince/beast are easy on the ears and eyes, when we can clearly see them in the dim setting.
  12. Movie Planner: Four more versions of 'Beauty and the Beast' that aren't Disney

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    TALE AS OLD AS TIME: BEAUTIES AND THEIR BEASTS

    Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
  13. Gasparilla International Film Festival wraps with awards to a dozen films

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    It's a wrap for the 11th annual Gasparilla International Film Festival, with a dozen entries announced Thursday as prize winners.

    Pierre Nine and Baula Beer in Frantz. The film won best international feature and Beer won for her performance. [Courtesy of Music Box Films]
  14. Movie Planner: Great Kongs in history, 'The Salesman,' 'The Ottoman Lieutenant'

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    HOLLYWOOD GIANT: KING KONG

    Tall, dark and handsome are preferred qualities in leading men. After 84 years, King Kong is still all three. Kong: Skull Island brings back the big guy for his eighth starring role, setting up a rematch with Godzilla slated for 2020. Here's the filmography of an …

    King Kong (1933)
  15. Review: The big guy deserves better than 'Kong: Skull Island'

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    Kong: Skull Island strips the beauty from a legendary beast, reducing a classic movie star to soulless monster mechanics. Kong smashes, but not much else. Whoever dies doesn't matter. Whoever lives has a sequel promised by the end credits.

    Kong in the film “Kong: Skull Island.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)