Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Movies

What’s in theaters this week: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Alpha’

NOW PLAYING: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

An Asian-American New Yorker (Constance Wu) on her first trip to Asia finds out her longtime boyfriend (Henry Golding) is one of Singapore’s most desirable bachelors in Crazy Rich Asians. His judgy mother (Michelle Yeoh) adds even more complications. With Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong,. Written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. Directed by Jon M. Chu. (121 minutes, PG-13)

Read a review.

OPENING FRIDAY:

MILE 22

In Mile 22, Mark Wahlberg, above, stars as the leader of a secret CIA mission to sneak an enigmatic law enforcement official to safety through 22 miles of hostile territory. With Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich. And brace yourself for more. Director Peter Berg and Wahlberg, who have worked together on Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day, have already announced plans to launch a franchise with this film as the first in a trilogy. (94 minutes, R)

ALPHA

During the last Ice Age, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee, above) teams with a lone wolf in this epic tale of survival. Which one is the Alpha? Your guess is as good as ours. Directed by Albert Hughes. (97 minutes, PG-13)e_SClB

THE LITTLE MERMAID

A reporter seeking to learn the truth behind a miracle tonic called "mermaid water" discovers what his niece says is a real mermaid held prisoner in a circus, in this darker version of The Little Mermaid, based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Starring Poppy Drayton, William Moseley, Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon and Armando Gutierrez. Written and directed by Blake Harris; co-directed by Chris Bouchard. Produced by Tampa native Robert Molloy. Theaters include AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10 and AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa and AMC Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg. (85 minutes, PG-13)

Read more about the movie at tampabay.com/movies.

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

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

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

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

   
Comments
At 50, Clearwater's real-life superhero is hanging up his super suit

At 50, Clearwater's real-life superhero is hanging up his super suit

CLEARWATER — For two decades, Dale Pople patrolled the streets feeding the homeless, helping old people carry groceries, extinguishing a car fire. He wore a red, yellow and blue Spandex outfit with an SH emblem: "Super Hero." Now, Clearwater&...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18
Gilda Radner is remembered in her own words in the documentary ‘Love, Gilda’

Gilda Radner is remembered in her own words in the documentary ‘Love, Gilda’

With the aid of rare audio recordings, the late Saturday Night Live comic force Gilda Radner narrates the story of her life in the new documentary Love, Gilda, opening Friday at Tampa Theatre.But it wasn’t easy initially for director Lisa D’Apolito t...
Published: 09/20/18
What’s in theaters this week: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ ‘Life Itself,’ locally filmed ‘The Favorite’

What’s in theaters this week: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ ‘Life Itself,’ locally filmed ‘The Favorite’

NOW PLAYING: THE FAVORITEFilmed in Pinellas County, the faith-based movie The Favorite continues its run in local theaters this week. It follows two brothers (Matthew Fahey and Luke Bernard, who also co-wrote the screenplay based on his own life) rec...
Published: 09/19/18
‘Smokey and the Bandit’ returns to theaters today, honoring Burt Reynolds

‘Smokey and the Bandit’ returns to theaters today, honoring Burt Reynolds

For the next nine days, AMC Theaters will take you east bound and down once more as the late Burt Reynolds’ iconic 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit returns to theaters in the Tampa Bay area.The theater chain announced it will be bringing Bandit, Fred,...
Published: 09/12/18
What’s in theaters this week: ‘The Predator,’ ‘A Simple Favor,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ ‘Unbroken’ sequel

What’s in theaters this week: ‘The Predator,’ ‘A Simple Favor,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ ‘Unbroken’ sequel

OPENING FRIDAY: The Predator A young boy (Jacob Tremblay) inadvertently prompts the return to Earth of the now genetically enhanced killing creatures. With Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Sterling K. Brown. Direc...
Published: 09/12/18
Glenn Close is a six-time Oscar nominee. With ‘The Wife,’ she deserves to finally win.

Glenn Close is a six-time Oscar nominee. With ‘The Wife,’ she deserves to finally win.

When The Wife first appeared on the festival circuit last year, the call went up almost immediately: This, finally, might be the movie to win Glenn Close the Oscar that has eluded her over the course of six — count-’em — six nominations.The movie is ...
Updated one month ago
Burt Reynolds, who described Tampa as 'my other hometown,' dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, who described Tampa as 'my other hometown,' dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, whose blend of Southern-fried machismo and wise-guy playfulness launched his worldwide celebrity in the 1970s, first as a freewheeling chat-show guest, then as a nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine and finally as a Hollywood actio...
Updated one month ago
Oscars’ popular film award is postponed after backlash

Oscars’ popular film award is postponed after backlash

The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will further study plans for the categor...
Updated one month ago
What’s in theaters this week: ‘Peppermint,’ ‘The Nun,’ ‘God Bless the Broken Road’

What’s in theaters this week: ‘Peppermint,’ ‘The Nun,’ ‘God Bless the Broken Road’

OPENING FRIDAY:THE NUNA troubled priest (Demian Bichir, above) and a novitiate sent by the Vatican to investigate a suicide and an abbey in Romania are confronted by the same malevolent force from The Conjuring 2. With Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, ...
Updated one month ago
What’s in theaters Labor Day weekend: ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Searching,’ ‘Kin’

What’s in theaters Labor Day weekend: ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Searching,’ ‘Kin’

NOW PLAYING: OPERATION FINALE Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli agent tasked with spiriting Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley, right) out of Argentina to stand trial for war crimes 15 years after World War II. The case was the subject of a...
Updated one month ago