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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘The Climbers,’ ‘Joker’

The Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival opens, plus the Carrollwood Cultural Center pays homage to popular flicks through song.
Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in "Joker." [Niko Tavernise]
Published Oct. 2



Witches burning at the stake, backwoods albino killers and a modern-day stalker prove to be more than urban legends on this New York state byway. With Evan Ross, Henry Czerny, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Colm Feore, Danny Glover. Written and directed by Matthew Currie Holmes. (95 minutes, NR)


A group of Chinese mountaineers set out to make a historic climb up Mount Everest, for a fifth time. With Jing Wu, Ziyi Zhang, Boran Jing, Yi Zhang, Ge Hu. Written by Alai, Ying Shang and Daniel Lee. Directed by Lee. (125 minutes, NR)



Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of Gotham’s most notorious mad clown in this standalone character study. With Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge, Josh Pais. Written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. Directed by Phillips. (122 minutes, R)

"Joker" stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck. [Niko Tavernise]



Siblings on a cross-country trip stop at a field to help a young boy but soon discover a mysterious force is after them. The film hits the streamingverse through Netflix. Written by Vincenzo Natali, based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Directed by Natali. (101 minutes, NR)


Check out the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s opening night flick: Sell By. The crowd-pleasing rom-com is just one movie being shown as part of the 30th annual cinematic celebration, which presents 90-plus films that explore LGBTQ identity, community and history at both Metro Inclusive Health and Tampa Theatre for more than a week. Ranging from dramas to documentaries, the global mix of movies were made in 17 countries. “I’m so proud of how far the festival has come,” said co-president Ed Lally in a statement. “TIGLFF started as a three-day extension of Tampa Pride, and has grown into a preeminent nine-day celebration of global LGBTQ cinema.” Multiple films are featured each day. Runs through Oct. 12. $15. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.


Ghostbusters, the classic comedy about a team of misfit paranormal investigators starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, celebrates 35 years with an anniversary screening. Showings are at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 10, but prices and times vary by theater. Citrus Park 20 and Highwoods 20 (Tampa), Park Place 16 (Pinellas Park), Woodlands Square 20 (Oldsmar) and Palm Harbor 10 (Palm Harbor).


Reed Stricsek directs the Carrollwood Winds concert band for A Night at the Movies, a performance of songs that pay homage to popular geek-out-worthy films like The Avengers, Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy. $10-$14 in advance, $12-$16 at doors. 4 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.


Downton Abbey: In this big-screen adaptation of the TV series, excitement runs high when the Crawley family and the Downton Abbey staff learn that the king and queen will be stopping by for a visit. Screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creative soul of the show, has delivered a knottily plotted story as tasty (and probably as nourishing) as a Pimm’s Cup.

Hustlers: A movie about the seductions of the flesh and the satisfactions of a well-executed con, it reconfigures Jennifer Lopez’s cinematic image with brazen intelligence and purpose as she gives her most electrifying screen performance since Out of Sight. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria.

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


All dates subject to change.

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

Nov. 1: Harriet; Motherless Brooklyn; Terminator: Dark Fate

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires


  1. The Blair Witch Project director Dan Myrick, left, and his production company partner Kristian Krempel on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.
    The production company estimates it will spend over $1 million locally
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator: Dark Fate." KERRY BROWN  |  Paramount Pictures
    ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ and ‘Arctic Dogs’ open, too, plus screenings of ‘Jane’ with a score by the Florida Orchestra and ‘Parasite.’
  3. Former WWE wrestler turned actor John Hennigan performs stunts in the movie "Speed of Time" being made in Clearwater. Christian Cashmir
    It stars former WWE wrestler-turned-actor John Hennigan.
  4. Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater and the Coast Guard Cutter "Tornado" rescue Nick Schuyler from an overturned vessel in 2009. Coast Guard photo/Fireman Adam Campbell (2009)
    “Not Without Hope” is based on the true story of the boat accident that took the lives of three football players and left a fourth stranded at sea.
  5. Mike Sandlin, owner of Grindhouse Video in Tampa, poses for a photo at his store. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Grindhouse Video, a temple of horror flicks, B movies and cult films, proves the video store isn’t dead yet.
  6. "The Current War" stars Benedict Cumberbatch. DEAN ROGERS  |  101 Studios
    ‘Countdown,’ ‘One Piece: Stampede,’ ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ and ‘The Great Alaskan Race’ also open, plus three horror screenings.
  7. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make a Dec. 14 appearance in Tampa for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. AP
    The actors, who both have ties to the Tampa Bay area, will also do a question and answer session and meet some fans.
  8. Screenwriter Andy Warrener shows off a copy of his film "The Black String" available at a local Walmart. Andy Warrener
    Andy Warrener went from Civil War reenactor to screenwriter. ‘The Black String’ has two local screenings next week.
  9. Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times (2012)
    The expansion ‘fundamentally changes our business model,’ said the not-for-profit theater’s CEO.
  10. From left: Zoey Deutch, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in "Zombieland 2: Double Tap." JESSICA MIGLIO  |  Sony Pictures
    Plus, the ‘Jay & Silent Bob Reboot,’ Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars.’