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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level,’ ‘Richard Jewell’

‘Black Christmas’ and ‘The Two Popes’ also open ahead of the holiday.
"Jumanji: The Next Level" stars, from left, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan. [FRANK MASI  |  Sony Pictures]
"Jumanji: The Next Level" stars, from left, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan. [FRANK MASI | Sony Pictures]
Published Dec. 11, 2019
Updated Dec. 12, 2019

THURSDAY

BLACK CHRISTMAS

An update of the 1974 holiday horror classic about sorority sisters stalked by a masked killer. With Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Cary Elwes. Written by Sophia Takal, April Wolfe. Directed by Takal. (98 minutes, PG-13)

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Danny Glover and Danny DeVito join Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan in this sequel to the 2017 action adventure hit about young people trapped in a videogame. With Nick Jonas, Awkwafina. Written by Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg; based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Directed by Kasdan. (114 minutes, PG-13)

FRIDAY

THE DEATH & LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN

An actor recalls the letters he exchanged with a long-dead American television star. With Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Sarah Gadon. Written by Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney. Directed by Dolan. (123 minutes, R)

RABID

A fashion designer experiences a horrifying transformation after undergoing an experimental stem-cell treatment following a car accident. With Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Phil Brooks. Written by the Soska Sisters, John Serge; story by Serge. Directed by the Soska Sisters. (107 minutes, NR)

RICHARD JEWELL

Clint Eastwood directs this fact-based drama about the security guard falsely accused in the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. With Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Ian Gomez. Written by Billy Ray; based on an article by Marie Brenner. (129 minutes, R)

"Richard Jewell" stars, from left, Jon Hamm, Ian Gomez and Paul Walter Hauser. [CLAIRE FOLGER | Warner Bros. Pictures]

THE TWO POPES

Pope Benedict summons his future successor, Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to Rome to share a secret that threatens the Catholic Church. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., screens the film through Monday ahead of its Netflix debut. With Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujin. Written by Anthony McCarten. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. (125 minutes, PG-13)

BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

With an introduction by director Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old takes a look at the soldiers and events of World War I to celebrate its one-year anniversary. An exploration of how the 2018 documentary was made follows. Prices vary by theater. 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 18. West Shore 14, Veterans Expressway 24 and Highwoods 20 (Tampa), Regency 20 (Brandon), Woodlands Square 20 (Oldsmar), Palm Harbor 10, Studio Movie Grill (Seminole) and Sundial 12 (St. Petersburg). fathomevents.com.

HOLIDAY HARMONY: WHITE CHRISTMAS

Tampa Theatre shows the sing-along version of White Christmas this weekend for the first time. Have fun harmonizing with the crowd to songs like Sisters, Count Your Blessings, Snow and the movie’s namesake White Christmas. You can also get your croon on beforehand while the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ plays classic holiday carols. Doors open at 2 p.m. $13, $10 members. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Marriage Story: An emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, both in peak form. Writer-director Noah Baumbach, a peerless observer of domestic pettiness and passive-aggressive behavior, puts every unflattering detail under his dramatic microscope.

Waves: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry play a South Florida family weathering tragedy in this emotionally turbulent, formally astonishing drama from writer-director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha).

Ford v Ferrari: A barnburner of a motion picture that mainlines heart-in-mouth excitement and tug-at-the-heart emotion in a career-defining effort by director James Mangold, this glorious throwback combines a smart, modern sensibility with the best of traditional storytelling, plus sterling acting by Matt Damon and Christian Bale and a tiptop supporting cast.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Dec. 20: Cats; Bombshell; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Superintelligence

Dec. 25: A Hidden Life; Little Women; Spies in Disguise; Uncut Gems

Jan. 3: The Grudge

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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