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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Zombieland 2,’ ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky’

Plus, the ‘Jay & Silent Bob Reboot,’ Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars.’
From left: Zoey Deutch, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in "Zombieland 2: Double Tap." [JESSICA MIGLIO | Sony Pictures]
Published Oct. 16

THURSDAY

JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT

Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise the roles of the slackers they’ve been playing since Smith’s 1994 indie comedy Clerks in this new tale. Written and directed by Smith. (105 minutes, R)

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Angelina Jolie returns, badder than ever, in this sequel to the 2014 fantasy adventure. With Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Michelle Pfeiffer. Written by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue. Directed by Joachim Ronning. (118 minutes, PG)

ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone reunite to dispatch even more of the undead in this sequel to the 2009 horror comedy. With Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson. Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. (99 minutes, R)

From left: "Zombieland 2: Double Tap" stars Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. [JESSICA MIGLIO | Sony Pictures]

FRIDAY

LUCY IN THE SKY

Natalie Portman stars as an astronaut who begins to lose her grip on reality after returning from a mission in space. With Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Ellen Burstyn, Jeffrey Donovan, Tig Notaro. Written by Brian C. Brown, Elliott DiGuiseppi, Noah Hawley; story by Brown, DiGuiseppi. Directed by Hawley. (124 minutes, R)

Zazie Beetz and Natalie Portman in "Lucy in the Sky." [HILARY B. GAYLE | Fox Searchlight Pictures]

THE BOSS: WESTERN STARS

In Western Stars, fans watch legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen perform the 13-song Western Stars, his first studio album in five years, in its entirety. Showings are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23, but prices and times vary by theater. Cinebistro, Veterans Expressway 24 and Citrus Park 20 (Tampa), Park Place Stadium (Pinellas Park), Woodlands Square 20 (Oldsmar) and Grove 16 (Wesley Chapel). fathomevents.com.

THREE-DAY RUN: TAMPA BAY LATIN FILM FESTIVAL

This celebration of international cinema, now in its second year, comes to downtown St. Petersburg for three days. Romance, family relationships, history and social activism are explored in some of the featured movies hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States. Opening at 7 p.m. Friday at the James Museum of Wildlife and Western Art, 150 Central Ave., the Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival also plans to show Retablo, Peru’s submission to the 2020 Oscars, and Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, the documentary about cultural icon Ruben Blades. Runs through Sunday at Sundial 20, 151 Second Ave. N. Prices and times vary. tampabaylatinfilmfestival.com.

CRITICS’ PICKS

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.

Downton Abbey: Once feared shuttered for good, the Crawley family home has grandly reopened its doors, and for those who found pleasure within its magisterial walls, that is the best of news. PBS’s highest-rated dramatic series of all time has adroitly transitioned to theaters with all its satisfying qualities — and just about its entire core cast — intact.

Judy: Entertainer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London in 1969 to play a series of shows while her life spirals downward. Not always effective, but at its best when Zellweger hits the stage.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 25: Black and Blue; Countdown; The Last Full Measure; The Lighthouse; Paradise Hills

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

Nov. 8: Doctor Sleep; Jojo Rabbit; Last Christmas; Midway; Playing With Fire; Primal; Racetime

Nov. 15: All Rise; Charlie’s Angels; Ford v Ferrari; The Good Liar; The Report

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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