In theaters this week: ‘Dog Days,’ ‘The Meg,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Slender Man’

Published August 8
Updated August 8

NOW PLAYING: Dog Days

L.A. canines lead their human companions on surprising journeys in Dog Days, an ensemble comedy with Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Finn Wolfhard and Ron Cephas Jones. Directed by Ken Marino. (113 minutes, PG)

OPENING FRIDAY:

THE MEG

A 75-foot-long prehistoric shark attacks a deep-sea submersible necessitating a rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in The Meg. With Jason Statham (above), Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. (113 minutes, PG-13)

BLACKKKLANSMAN

In Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Colorado Springs’ first black policeman (John David Washington, right) goes undercover with his partner (Adam Driver, left) to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. With Laura Harrier, Topher Grace. (135 minutes, R)

SLENDER MAN

Teens perform a rite in a small Massachusetts town hoping to disprove the terrifying legend of Slender Man (played by Javier Botet). With Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair and Annalise Basso. Directed by Sylvain White. (93 minutes, PG-13)

DIGITAL RELEASES:

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

Shortly after World War II, a London writer (Lily James) bonds with the colorful residents of the island of Guernsey as she learns about the book club — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society — they formed during the German occupation. With Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Glen Powell, Matthew Goode and Tom Courtenay. Written by Thomas Bezucha, Don Roos; based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Directed by Mike Newell. Releases Friday on Netflix. (124 minutes, NR)

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

Famous online as "the girl dying of cancer," a teen (Mia Rose Frampton) hides the truth when tests reveal she’s been cured in Hope Springs Eternal. With Stony Blyden, Juliette Angelo, Beau Brooks. Written by Stephanie Mickus. Directed by Jack C. Newell. Releases Friday on iTunes. (78 minutes, PG)

OPENING NEXT WEDNESDAY: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

An American woman (Constance Wu) gets transported into a world of excess when she flies to Singapore to meet the family of her boyfriend (Henry Golding) in Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s popular book. (121 minutes, PG-13)

FILM FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER: Were the World Mine

In the lead-up to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel features Were the World Mine, the story of a gay teenage boy who uses the power of a school play to magically "turn his town gay." The to benefit the annual film festival includes a film screening, meet and greet with the director, one drink and appetizers. 7 p.m. today. Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $50. (813) 879-4220.

Critics’ picks

Eighth Grade: Insightful and funny movie about a shy 13-year-old girl (Elsie Fisher) who uses her optimistic internet profile to figure out who she is.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout: The globetrotting IMF team (Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg) work with a CIA guy (Henry Cavill). Lots of old-school action, plenty of outrageous plot turns, all in good fun.

Sorry to Bother You: Wild comedy from rapper-activist Boots Riley about a phone sales worker (Lakeith Stanfield).

Sicario: Day of the Soldado: South of the border, an assassin (Benicio Del Toro) tries to salvage the life of a teen (Isabella Moner) caught up in a cartel war.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Aug. 17: Mile 22; The Wife; Alpha; Billionaire Boys Club

Aug. 24: The Happytime Murders; A.X.L.

Aug. 29: Operation Finale

Aug. 31: Searching; Kin; Juliet, Naked

Sept. 7: The Nun; City of Lies; Peppermint

Sept. 14: Fighting With My Family; The Predator; White Boy Rick

Sept. 21: The House With a Clock in Its Walls; Life Itself

Sept. 28: Little Women; Night School; Serenity; Smallfoot

     
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