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

Published August 15 2018
Updated August 15 2018

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)

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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

   
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