Monday, September 24, 2018
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What’s in theaters this week: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Blockers,’ ‘The Miracle Season’

A QUIET PLACE

Real-life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, right, need to keep it down in A Quiet Place (PG-13). Silence isn’t just golden; it can save your life.

Krasinski and Blunt play Lee and Evelyn, whose family has survived a worldwide attack of spider creatures. The critters hunt by sound, so staying quiet is wise. Using sign language helps but two children (Noah Jupe, Wonderstruck’s Millicent Simmonds) are bound to make noise.

A Quiet Place marks Krasinski’s third directing credit after a sketchy start (Brief Interviews With Hideous Men) and a decent encore (The Hollars). Blunt has been heard but not seen on screen since 2016’s The Girl on the Train, too busy with animated gigs and Mary Poppins Returns, coming in December.

Read a review at tampabay.com/movies.

BLOCKERS

Parents plot to keep their daughters virginal on prom night in Blockers (R) but, seriously, if John Cena, left, is her father, are you trying anything?

The WWE superstar co-stars with Leslie Mann, who knows something about sex comedies after so many years married to Judd Apatow. She’s single mom Lisa, whose daughter (Kathryn Newton) informs besties that she’ll lose her virginity after prom.

Cena plays Mitchell, whose daughter (Geraldine Viswanathan) decides to join the deflowering party. Not if Mitchell and potential scene-stealer Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors) can crash it.

THE MIRACLE SEASON

Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, above, goes back to high school in The Miracle Season (PG), an inspiring sports drama based on true events.

Hunt plays Kathy Bresnahan, a physical education teacher and volleyball coach at West High School in Iowa City. The team is poised for success when key player Caroline "Line" Found is killed in an auto accident. Her death stuns then rallies the team with a state championship on the line. Fellow Oscar winner William Hurt co-stars as Found’s grieving father.

Read more about it at tampabay.com/movies.e_SClB

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Hard to imagine how virulent the reaction to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick (R) scandal would be today. It was harsh enough in 1969, decades before internet outrage, social media bots and Fox News and CNN.

Kennedy seemed destined for the White House until driving a car off a bridge, drowning campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy swam away and didn’t notify authorities for 10 hours. The incident sparked tabloid rumors and cover-up theories that shadowed Kennedy until his death in 2009.

Jason Clarke, above, plays the senator in director John Curran’s take on the subject, with Kate Mara as Kopechne. Bruce Dern co-stars as patriarch Joseph Kennedy while a couple of comedians, Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan, play it straight.

FINDING YOUR FEET

A fleet of venerable British actors star in Finding Your Feet (PG-13), a warm fuzzy in the varicose vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Imelda Staunton, above left, plays Lady Sandra Abbott, who learns her husband (John Simmons) of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend. She leaves him, moving in with her working class sister Bif (Celia Imrie), who introduces her to a seniors dance class. Sandra’s life begins again thanks to Charlie (Timothy Spall, above right), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and no shortage of feel-good impulses.e_SClBin theaters: our Top 5

Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:

1 Isle of Dogs: Go fetch Wes Anderson’s all-star animated treat. (Tampa Theatre)

2 The Death of Stalin: Funniest political satire in years? Da.

3 Black Panther: Marvel’s latest superhero is a cultural game changer.

4 Annihilation: Alex Garland’s sci-fi bio-puzzle starring Natalie Portman.

5 Unsane: Steven Soderbergh makes a lurid thriller on a cellphone.

UPCOMING RELEASES

(Dates subject to change)

April 11: Beirut

April 13: Rampage; Truth or Dare

April 20: Super Troopers 2; Dolphins; Duck Duck Goose

April 27: Avengers: Infinity War; I Feel Pretty; Lean on Pete; Animal Crackers; Traffik

May 4: Overboard

May 11: Life of the Party; Breaking In

May 18: Deadpool 2; Book Club, Show Dogs

May 25: Solo: A Star Wars Story

     
 
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