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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Bombshell,’ ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ ‘Cats’

Plus, ‘A Hidden Life,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ and a family-friendly screening of ‘The Polar Express.’
"Bombshell" stars Charlize Theron, left, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. [HILARY BRONWYN GAYLE  |  Lionsgate]
"Bombshell" stars Charlize Theron, left, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. [HILARY BRONWYN GAYLE | Lionsgate]
Published Dec. 18, 2019
Updated Dec. 18, 2019

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CATS

The long-awaited film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 blockbuster stage musical based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot arrives with an all-star cast of felines singing and dancing in styles ranging from ballet to tap to hip-hop. With James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward. Written by Lee Hall, Tom Hooper. Directed by Hooper. (120 minutes, PG)

BOMBSHELL

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie play Fox News employees whose allegations of sexual harassment help topple network founder Roger Ailes. With John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Connie Britton, Kate McKinnon. Written by Charles Randolph. Directed by Jay Roach. (108 minutes, R)

John Lithgow in "Bombshell." [HILARY BRONWYN GAYLE | Lionsgate]

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Forty-two years after “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” first appeared on movie screens, the ninth episode brings the space saga to its conclusion as the Resistance struggles to defeat the First Order. With Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams. Written by J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio; story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Terrio, Abrams; based on characters created by George Lucas. Directed by Abrams. (155 minutes, PG-13)

FRIDAY

A HIDDEN LIFE

Writer-director Terrence Malick’s fact-based drama about an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Nazis during WWII. With August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts. In English, German, Italian with English subtitles. (173 minutes, R)

"A Hidden Life" stars Valerie Pachner, left, and August Diehl. [Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures]

TUESDAY

UNCUT GEMS

Adam Sandler stars as a desperate New York City jeweler juggling numerous deals in this crime thriller. With Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch. Written by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein. Directed by the Safdies. (135 minutes, R)

ALL ABOARD: THE POLAR EXPRESS

Caddy’s on the Beach presents a screening of The Polar Express, the animated adventure film based on Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book of the same name. Bring the whole family. Free, food and drink additional. 8-10 p.m. Friday. 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-4993.

CRITICS’ PICKS

American Factory: A complicated, multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economic issues and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved.

I Lost My Body: As inventive a piece of animation as you’re likely to see, the extraordinary film is about a hand with a mind of its own, and if that sounds a little crazy, this dark, strange and altogether wonderful feature will make you believe. Directed by France’s Jeremy Clapin.

The Irishman: Its possibly true story of the life and crimes of a Mafia hit man, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, is a revelation, as intoxicating a film as the year has seen, allowing director Martin Scorsese to use his expected mastery of all elements of filmmaking to ends we did not see coming.

Parasite: Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Bong Joon Ho’s deviously entertaining thriller about two very different families is an ingenious weave of domestic dark comedy, class allegory and ultimately devastating tragedy.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Dec. 25: Little Women; Spies in Disguise

Jan. 3: The Grudge

Jan. 10: 1917; Just Mercy; Like a Boss; My Spy; Underwater

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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