Which movies are in Tampa Bay theaters this week? ‘Breakthrough,’ ‘Penguins,’ ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

‘Someone Great’ also starts streaming on Netflix.
Published April 17
Updated April 18

NOW OPEN:

Breakthrough

A woman turns to prayer as her teenage son lies unconscious in the hospital after nearly drowning in an icy lake. With Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert. Written by Grant Nieporte. Directed by Roxann Dawson. (106 minutes, PG)

Penguins

A plucky penguin in Antarctica searches for a mate in this nature documentary. Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson. (72 minutes, G)

THURSDAY:

The Curse Of La Llorona

A social worker and her young children are menaced by an evil entity in 1970s L.A. With Linda Cardellini, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola. Written by Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis. Directed by Michael Chaves. (93 minutes, R)

FRIDAY:

Someone Great

A music journalist embarks on one last adventure with her two best friends before moving to San Francisco for the magazine job she has always wanted. Streaming on Netflix. With Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, Lakeith Stanfield. Written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. (92 minutes, R)

FIND YOUR PORPOISE: Dolphin Tale

Tampa Theatre screens the first of two Dolphin Tale movies filmed primarily in Pinellas County and inspired by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s celebrity porpoise. If you’ve never watched the story of Winter and her prosthetic tail play out during the original flick, released in September 2011, check it out this weekend as part of the Family Favorites series at the historic downtown movie palace. $7-$10, $8 for kids. 2 p.m. Sunday. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Shazam!: A streetwise 14-year-old is able to transform into a superhero by shouting one magic word in this family-friendly movie with the feel of a 1980s adventure comedy.

Pet Sematary: A doctor moves his family to rural Maine, near a pet cemetery where dark secrets are buried. Based on a book by Stephen King.

The Beach Bum: Matthew McConaughey gives a fully committed performance as a filthy-rich Florida libertine in Harmony Korine’s funny, shambling stoner-comedy followup to Spring Breakers.

Gloria Bell: A free-spirited divorcee (Julianne Moore) works by day and dances at Los Angeles clubs by night.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

April 26: High Life; J.T. Leroy; Avengers: Endgame; The White Crow

May 3: UglyDolls; The Intruder; Long Shot

May 10: Pokemon Detective Pikachu; Tolkien; The Hustle; All Is True

May 17: A Dog’s Journey; The Sun Is Also a Star; The Souvenir

May 24: Aladdin; BrightBurn; Booksmart

Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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