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Movies opening in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘It Chapter Two,’ ‘The Proposal’

Eckerd College also kicks off the fall edition of its International Cinema Series with the award-winning ‘Amazing Grace.’

FRIDAY

IT CHAPTER TWO

It’s 27 years later and the evil returns to Derry, Maine, where murderous clown Pennywise is back to terrorize the grown-up Losers’ Club gang. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Written by Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Andy Muschietti. (169 minutes, R)

QUEEN OF SOUL: AMAZING GRACE

This award-winning 2018 live concert movie kicks off the fall edition of Eckerd College’s International Cinema Series. In Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin performs alongside Rev. James Cleveland and his Southern California Community Choir in 1972. Free. 7 p.m. Friday. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979. eckerd.edu/international-cinema.

BUILDING ACCESS: THE PROPOSAL

Director and conceptual artist Jill Magid explores the artistic legacy of Pritzker Prize-winning Mexican architect Luis Barragan, whose work was locked away in a Swiss bunker when he died in 1988. See a screening of her documentary The Proposal at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Tampa Bay Foundation of Architecture and Design and American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay. Networking starts at 6. $8, $11 members. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8981. tampatheatre.org.

CRITICS’ PICKS

The Peanut Butter Falcon: A man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) runs away from his adult-care home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and finds help from an unexpected source in this affecting, appealing piece of Americana. Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson also star.

The Farewell: Lulu Wang’s tender, funny and melancholy dramedy about an elaborate family deception is personal filmmaking at its most incisive, with superb performances from a cast that includes Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma and Diana Lin.

Ready or Not: A new bride (Samara Weaving) is welcomed to her husbands family in terrifying fashion by her new in-laws in this comic-horror effort at class-war commentary.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Sept. 13: The Goldfinch; Hustlers

Sept. 20: Ad Astra; Downton Abbey; Rambo: Last Blood; Running With the Devil; Zeroville

Sept. 27: Abominable; The Day Shall Come

Oct. 4: Joker

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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