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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Abominable,’ ‘Judy,’ ‘Aquarela’

Plus, ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ at Tampa Theatre, ‘Friends’ celebrates 25 years and ‘Coming Up for Air’ at Riverview 14.
"Judy" stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. [Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions]
"Judy" stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. [Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions]
Published Sep. 25

THURSDAY

ABOMINABLE

Three friends try to reunite a young Yeti with his family in the Himalayas in this animated adventure. With the voices of Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson. Written and directed by Jill Culton. (92 minutes, PG-13)

JUDY

Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland during the legendary entertainer’s run of sold-out stage shows in 1968 London. With Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon. Written by Tom Edge; based on a play by Peter Quilter. Directed by Rupert Goold. (118 minutes, NR)

"Judy" stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. [Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions]

FRIDAY

AQUARELA

A documentary on the power of water in all its various majestic forms. Written by Victor Kossakovsky and Aimara Reques. Directed by Kossakovsky. (89 minutes, PG)

MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC: MILES DAVIS

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is director Stanley Nelson Jr.'s new documentary exploring the life and legacy of the revered jazz musician. It features throwback photos and home movies shot by Davis and his colleagues, as well as interviews with famed artists like Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana. $11, $8 members. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Wednesday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

THEY’LL BE THERE FOR YOU: FRIENDS 25TH

Observe a milestone with the hit NBC sitcom on the big screen. Friends 25th: The One With the Anniversary’s first local showing was earlier this week, but more showings are planned for nearly 15 multiplexes in the area at 7 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Prices and times vary by theater. fathomevents.com.

UNDER PRESSURE: COMING UP FOR AIR

This family drama recently took home seven nods from the I See You Awards in Detroit, including best feature. Coming Up for Air follows ceramic artist Anna (Deborah Staples) and her straight-A college student son Stan (Chase Yi), who wants to snag a spot on the men’s 10-meter Olympic diving team. But the stress to succeed athletically, socially and academically is getting to him, resulting in “potentially tragic consequences." 7 p.m. Thursday. Riverview 14, 9390 Theater Drive, Gibsonton. (813) 295-8468.

Chase Yi plays Stan in "Coming Up for Air." [Courtesy of myCinema]

HE’S HEADED HOME: HERITAGE GALA

Rub elbows with Ambitions producer and keynote speaker Will Packer during the Heritage Gala, part of the 125th anniversary celebration for his hometown church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal. Ambitions, the drama series airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network and starring Robin Givens and Brian White, is the latest project for Packer. A St. Petersburg High School graduate, he has produced or executive produced films like Girls Trip and Ride Along. 7 p.m. Saturday. $75, $125 VIP. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Brittany Runs a Marathon: A hard-partying woman (Jillian Bell) gets a wakeup call from her doctor and begins running, with the ultimate goal of entering the New York City Marathon. Sometimes, it’s more about going the distance than winning.

Toy Story 4: As directed by Josh Cooley and written by Stephany Folsom and the veteran Andrew Stanton, the film surprises with the amount of genuine emotion it generates with its focus on love, loyalty and what matters most in life, to humans as well as toys.

The Farewell: A Chinese family gathers for a fake wedding to give their dying grandmother, who is unaware of her dire situation, a grand sendoff.

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.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 4: Joker

Oct. 11: The Addams Family; Gemini Man

Oct. 18: Jojo Rabbit; The Lighthouse; Maleficent: Mistress of Evil; Torrance; Zombieland 2: Double Tap

Oct. 25: Black and Blue; Countdown; Western Stars

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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    ‘Black Christmas’ and ‘The Two Popes’ also open ahead of the holiday.
  2. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make an appearance in Tampa on Dec. 14 for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. [AP]
    The forever Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko will reunite for a sing-along screening on Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
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  9. FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo characters from Disney and Fox movies are displayed behind Cathleen Taff, president of distribution, franchise management, business and audience insight for Walt Disney Studios during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Disney Plus launches its streaming service. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The Walt Disney Company’s foray into streaming services is off with a few hitches
  10. The Blair Witch Project director Dan Myrick, left, and his production company partner Kristian Krempel on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.
[OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
    The production company estimates it will spend over $1 million locally
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