Friday, November 17, 2017
Things To Do

Movie Planner: Jaw-dropping documentary 'Weiner' opens Friday, 'Genius' and 'Finding Dory'

RECOMMENDED READING


INDIE FLICKS: Weiner

"Why have you let me film this?" a voice behind the camera asks disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, who for a change can't spin an answer. It's a question the jaw-dropping documentary Weiner (R) raises repeatedly.

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg initially planned to cover Weiner's comeback from a sexting scandal that forced the seven-term congressman to resign. Then Weiner's 2013 run for mayor of New York was derailed when other women came forward with sexting details. His marriage to Huma Abedin, longtime right-hand woman to Hillary Clinton, was shaken. The cameras kept rolling.

A fascinating profile emerges of a firebrand liberal politician and a deeply flawed human being. For Weiner, the passions to serve and sext don't appear vastly different, or controllable. He's both admirable and deplorable, yet sympathetic when genuine issues get lost in salacious media coverage. He'll brashly lash out when public taunting goes too far.

The movie finds its ache in later scenes between the candidate and Abedin, her comfort zone clearly being invaded, humiliation etched in her face. His dependence upon her for support and optics is increasingly problematic, as Clinton's presidential campaign kicks into gear.

Weiner looks seriously at a scandal mostly joked about at the time, examining collateral personal damage and institutions shaped by moral bloodlust. It's essential viewing in this particularly weird election year. A (Opens Friday at Tampa Theatre)

INDIE FLICKS: Genius

Jude Law's Southern ham portrayal of Look Homeward, Angel author Thomas Wolfe is the essence of Genius (PG-13). Colin Firth co-stars as the mercurial writer's calmly relentless editor Max Perkins, wrestling Wolfe's "great, rolling mountains of prose" to submission. John Logan's screenplay could occasionally use Max's skill.

Stodgy in structure, Genius is nonetheless entertaining, with the intellectual sparrings of Tom and Max welcome reliefs in an immature movie season. Law overacts magnificently; if Wolfe wasn't this degree of live wire derelict he should've been. Max's temperament keeps Firth buttoned down for contrast.

The women of Genius are nearly drawn as richly. Nicole Kidman's dark tart performance as Tom's patron-lover is flashier but no less effective than Laura Linney as the wife holding Max's family together. Toss in detours to F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic Cooper) and Genius is the movie of the week for the audiobook of the month club. B- (Opens Friday at Veterans 24)

OPENING Thursday: Finding Dory

Everyone's favorite forgetful fish returns in Finding Dory (PG), with Ellen DeGeneres again handling vocal chores. This time, Dory searches for her long-lost parents (Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy) with the help of Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (some new kid since it's 13 years later).

Finding Dory opens in select theaters tonight, flooding multiplexes Friday. Thursday at 9 p.m., Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park and Regency 20 in Brandon are among only 90 theaters nationwide presenting "Dory After Dark," showing Finding Nemo followed by Finding Dory. Who'll take the bait?

In theaters: our Top 5

Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:

1 Weiner: A political train wreck who's more than a punch line.

2 The Lobster: A wonderfully absurd sort-of romance starring Colin Farrell.

3 Sing Street: Dublin lads form an '80s pop band, from the creator of Once.

4 Maggie's Plan: Greta Gerwig is a 21st century Carole Lombard.

5 Central Intelligence: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart make a great comedy team.

UPCOMING RELEASES

(Dates subject to change)

June 24: Independence Day: Resurgence; The Shallows; Free State of Jones

July 1: The BFG; The Legend of Tarzan; Swiss Army Man

July 8: The Secret Life of Pets; Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

July 13: The Infiltrator

July 15: Ghostbusters

July 22: Star Trek Beyond; Ice Age: Collision Course; Lights Out; Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

July 29: Jason Bourne; Bad Moms

   
Comments
Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

TAMPA — While her teenage daughter and 6-year-old son glided effortlessly Friday across the outdoor ice rink at Curtis Hixon Park, Danielle Engram, 35, stood nervously on her rented blades. This would be the lifelong Tampa resident’s first time on th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Video: Forget Pizza Rat. Meet St. Petersburg’s Pizza Squirrel

Video: Forget Pizza Rat. Meet St. Petersburg’s Pizza Squirrel

New York, it seems, doesn't have a monopoly on pizza-chomping rodents.Around 2:45 p.m. Friday, the Tampa Bay Times spotted a squirrel digging a nearly entire slice of pizza out of a trash can at 146 Second St. N in St. Petersburg. The squirrel hoppe...
Updated: 4 hours ago
With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

ORLANDO — Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando in a new holiday attraction opening Saturday. In addition, Universal Studios has completely upsized its holiday parade with more Macy’s balloons, stunning floats and snowy effects ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

Perfect your crust. Try new filling recipes. Learn some decorating tricks. And prepare for the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgiving.   From apple to thyme You’ve got the crust down. Now it’s time to choose a filling for your holid...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

From appetizers to pies and everything in between, we’re here to help you put together a low-stress Thanksgiving spread. Ideas for sidesThese recipes go beyond the traditional, with a corn casserole, Brussels sprout salad and moreSee what our food ed...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Making it in America, Ybor(w/video)

The first cigar rolled in Tampa’s Ybor city in 1885 marked the beginning of one of Florida’s most famed immigrant enclaves.Since it was founded by a Spaniard who emigrated to Cuba in 1885, Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City has morphed into one of Tamp...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Jeffrey Tambor accused of sexual harassment by his ‘Transparent’ co-star

Jeffrey Tambor accused of sexual harassment by his ‘Transparent’ co-star

"Transparent" actress Trace Lysette has accused actor Jeffrey Tambor of sexually harassing her on the set of the Amazon series.Lysette’s allegations mark the second time the star, who plays Maura Pfefferman on the critically acclaimed dramedy, has be...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

There are probably a handful of essentials, things you must have on the Thanksgiving table lest some family members begin to riot. But I find there are often a couple of slots open for new things, chances to get weird or creative or, gasp, healthy. ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

Randy Newman: The legendary Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter is known for hits like Feels Like Home, You’ve Got a Friend in Me and Sail Away. Every ticket purchased includes a physical or digital copy of his forthcoming album Dark ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

WINNERS:Taylor SwiftFollowing the death of his mother, Gloria, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon shared a touching story with the audience about his mom squeezing his hand three times and saying "I love you," when he was a kid. "Last week, I was in ...
Updated: 9 hours ago