Tampa Theatre has a busier week than usual planned, cramming five movies from around the world into a week's scheduling.
"It's a rare opportunity for us to get to show so many interesting films in such a short time span," Tampa Theatre marketing director Jill Witecki said by e-mail, "but with so much good content out there (in the hands of a very creative film booker), we're excited to have the chance."
Storm Surfers (Not rated, probably PG) follows Australian surfing legends Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll as they seek the most dangerous waves Down Under. Their ace in the hole is weather forecaster Ben Matson, who tracks the most promising storms for churning waves in the Great Southern Ocean, including a monster 75 kilometers from shore. Plays at 7:30 and 10 p.m Friday; 7:30 Saturday.
Still Mine (PG-13) stars James Cromwell (Farmer Hoggett in Babe) as a New Brunswick octogenarian building a home for his wife (Genevieve Bujold), who is in the early stages of dementia. His strategies, including using lumber he milled himself, violate several codes, raising the ire of the local inspector and courts. Based on a true story — reported by the brother of Times journalist Jeff Klinkenberg — Still Mine will be shown at 2:30 and 5 p.m Saturday and 1:30 Sunday.
Museum Hours (Not rated, probably PG-13) begins with a chance meeting between a security guard (Bobby Sommer) at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum and a Canadian tourist (Mary Margaret O'Hara) and develops into a meditation on art reflecting lives that otherwise wouldn't be fully explained. Shown with English subtitles at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday.
A Hijacking (R) is inspired by the true story of the Danish cargo ship MV Rosen, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2007. Writer-director Tobias Lindholm focuses less on the ship's invasion than negotiations that followed, told from the perspective of a crew member (Pilou Asbaek) desperate to reunite with his wife and child. A Hijacking will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rounding out Tampa Theatre's crash course in world cinema is The Hunt (R), starring Mads Mikkelsen (TV's Hannibal) as a former schoolteacher rebuilding his life after divorce and being fired. Just when things are looking up, the man is falsely accused of molesting a child, launching a wave of hysteria in his Danish village. Mikkelsen earned the best actor prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The Hunt will be shown only once, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5.
Steve Persall, Times movie critic