OPENING Thursday: INFERNO
Tom Hanks returns as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in Inferno (PG-13), based on Dan Brown's novel about the imminent threat of a worldwide plague. As usual with this Da Vinci Code breaker, clues to preventing catastrophe are hidden in international museums, cathedrals and/or catacombs.
Director Ron Howard steers a solid cast through this intellectual scavenger hunt, including Felicity Jones as an emergency room doctor joining Langdon and Ben Foster as the doomsday prophet plotting the plague.
Read a review of Inferno at tampabay.com/movies and on Etc, Page 2B.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: AMERICAN HONEY
After last week's Weekend went to press, A24 postponed the Tampa Bay debut of Andrea Arnold's harshly poetic, post-millennial road trip movie, American Honey (R).
If you read my Grade A- review last Weekend and couldn't locate this remarkable indie, that's why.
The good news is that American Honey opens locally on Friday. The bad news for many Tampa Bay Times readers is that Arnold's movie is showing only at Sundial 19 in St. Petersburg.
Chalk it up to cinema's No. 1 paradox: The finest movies often don't sell many tickets, and therefore don't get many screens. American Honey is worth the drive, especially for Sasha Lane's luminous debut as a teenager joining a scruffy magazine sales crew, and falling for its charismatic wrangler (Shia LaBeouf).
Read an interview with Lane, whom Arnold discovered on Panama City Beach during spring break, and the review of American Honey at tampabay.com/movies.
NIGHTMARE ENDING: TAMPA THEATRE
Tampa Theatre's A Nightmare on Franklin Street movie series and ghost tours pick up again Friday, after a break for tonight's Trailer Park Boys show. Tickets are $10 per screening session or tour, available at the box office and tampatheatre.org.
If last week's Fox remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show didn't impress, the 1975 original plays at 11 p.m. Friday with a shadow cast. No messy props inside the historic movie palace, please. The cult classic's sort-of sequel Shock Treatment shows at 7:30.
Saturday's evening lineup includes The Haunting (6 p.m.) and a Late Night, Lights Off Paranormal Investigation at 9 p.m., led by experts from Genesis Paranormal Services and GhostStop. Tickets for that four-hour event are $60, $50 for theater members.
Sunday is Stephen King Day, with screenings of Carrie (5 p.m.), Misery (7:30 p.m.) and Creepshow (10 p.m.).
Family-friendly frights are offered on weekend afternoons with the original Ghostbusters (3 p.m. Saturday) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (2:30 p.m. Sunday).
The series concludes on Halloween, (super)naturally, with screenings of Hotel Transylvania (10 a.m.) and the splatter classic I Drink Your Blood (7:30 p.m.).
In theaters: our Top 5
Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1 American Honey: A road movie of misspent youth, poetically aimless as its characters. (Sundial 19, St. Petersburg)
2 The Birth of a Nation: Nate Parker's incendiary history lesson, still relevant today.
3 The Magnificent Seven: Rousing, old-fashioned western proving Chris Pratt is a genuine movie star.
4 Deepwater Horizon: Mark Wahlberg pays respect to victims of 2010's oil rig disaster in the gulf.
5 Denial: Based on a true story of a Holocaust denier and a professor (Rachel Weisz) proving him wrong.
(Dates subject to change)
Nov. 4: Doctor Strange; Trolls; Hacksaw Ridge
Nov. 11: Arrival; Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; Almost Christmas
Nov. 18: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Moonlight; Bleed for This; The Edge of Seventeen