In theaters this week: ‘The Greatest Showman’ sing-along, Sunscreen Shorts, ‘The Happytime Murders’

Published August 22 2018
Updated August 22 2018

SING ALONG: The Greatest Showman

The sing-along movies at Tampa Theatre are usually Disney classics or yesteryear favorites, so it’s a nice change to see 2017’s The Greatest Showman in the lineup. And the people have spoken: The 7:30 p.m. showing Thursday sold out weeks ago, so the theater added a second showing at 2 p.m. Saturday. The unapologetically old-fashioned musical includes the Oscar-nominated This Is Me, a rousing ode to anyone who has ever felt marginalized, sung by the bearded lady (Keala Settle). Feel free to belt it out in the historic movie house. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $13, $10 members. (813) 274-8982.

SHORT STUFF: Sunscreen [email protected]

The Sunscreen Film Festival returns in full next April, but in the meantime, Tuesday night brings Sunscreen [email protected]. It’s a collection of short films from 90 seconds to 30 minutes. Some of them have appeared in the festival in past years, and some are in consideration for the coming festival, said Tony Armer, Pinellas film commissioner and founder of Sunscreen. They include the romantic short Professional Cuddler, about a young Israeli man who plays the trumpet by day and works as a "professional cuddler" by night in New York. And there’s gorgeous photography and a scary story from the beaches of Hawaii, where Reefs at Risk explores the harmful effects of sunscreen chemicals. All together, the programming runs about 70 minutes and will be shown on the fourth Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday. [email protected] $5. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

OPENING FRIDAY:

The Happytime Murders

Two detectives — one puppet (Bill Barretta), one human (Melissa McCarthy) — investigate the murders of the cast of a once-popular TV puppet show. With Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Brian Henson (who, yes, is the son of Jim Henson). (91 minutes, R)

A.X.L.

A young man (Alex Neustaedter) bonds with an A.W.O.L. robotic dog created by the government, whose code name A.X.L. stands for attack, exploration and logistics. With Thomas Jane and Becky G. Written and directed by Oliver Daly.
(100 minutes, PG)e_SClB

Puzzle

Perennial co-star Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, No Country for Old Men) stars as a homemaker who discovers she has an amazing ability to solve jigsaw puzzles. This gives her a new sense of self that grows as she secretly develops her skill with the help of a mentor (Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox), who falls for her.
(97 minutes, R)e_SClB

Papillon

An eccentric counterfeiter (Rami Malek, left) and a safecracker framed for murder (Charlie Hunnam, right) plot to escape the infamous French penal colony Devil’s Island. Directed by Michael Noer. (136 minutes, R)

Critics’ picks

mMission: Impossible — Fallout: The globetrotting IMF team (Tom Cruise, above, 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.

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.

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

UPCOMING RELEASES

Aug. 29: Operation Finale

Aug. 31: Searching; Kin; Juliet, Naked

Sept. 7: The Nun; Peppermint

Sept. 14: The Wife; Fighting With My Family; The Predator; White Boy Rick; A Simple Favor

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

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

       
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