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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘The Grudge,’ ‘Midnight Family’

Catch the opening of the Dunedin International Film Festival, too.
A scene from "The Grudge." [Courtesy of Allen Fraser]
A scene from "The Grudge." [Courtesy of Allen Fraser]
Published Dec. 31, 2019



Producer Sam Raimi delivers the latest incarnation of Takashi Shimizu’s 2002 horror staple about a vengeful ghost. With Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce; story by Pesce and Jeff Buhler. (94 minutes, R)

A scene from "The Grudge." [Courtesy of Allen Fraser]



A documentary about a family-run private ambulance service in Mexico City showing at AMC Veterans 24, 9302 Anderson Road, Tampa. Directed by Luke Lorentzen. In Spanish with English subtitles. (90 minutes, NR)


The Dunedin International Film Festival brings short and feature-length movies to five eating and drinking establishments across downtown Dunedin: Soggy Bottom Brewing Co., Caledonia Brewing, Dunedin House of Beer, Sea Sea Riders and Blur Nightclub. Science fiction flick Norman kicks off the week of screenings at Soggy Bottom at 9 p.m. Jan. 8. For cinephiles, the $100 all-access pass is the way to go. But single-day tickets are available, and there are also free screenings planned for four other venues in town, including Pioneer Park and the Dunedin Public Library. Runs through Jan. 14.


The Dalí Museum presents Max Ernst, a documentary about the influential artist with a nomadic lifestyle. Presented in the Will Raymund Theater as part of the ArtFlix series, the film covers Ernst’s career highlights and the various stages of his life. Free. 6-7 p.m. Thursday. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.


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.

Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy is back, and both his old gifts and some new ones are on engaging display in the rowdy, raunchy, inescapably funny film, a gleefully profane biopic and a passion project the star has been nurturing for years.

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.


All dates subject to change.

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

Jan. 17: Bad Boys for Life; Dolittle

Jan. 24: Cats; The Gentlemen; The Last Full Measure; Run; The Turning

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires


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