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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Just Mercy,’ ‘1917,’ ‘Underwater’

‘Like a Boss’ also opens, and the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Film Series shows ‘The Most Dangerous Year.’

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LIKE A BOSS

Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star as cosmetics entrepreneurs whose financially shaky business is targeted for a buyout by beauty tycoon Salma Hayek. With Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Jessica St. Clair. Written by Sam Pitman, Adam Cole-Kelly; story by Pitman, Cole-Kelly, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Directed by Miguel Arteta. (83 minutes, R)

THURSDAY

JUST MERCY

Michael B. Jordan portrays Bryan Stevenson, the real-life civil rights activist and criminal defense attorney famed for fighting for justice for the wrongly convicted. With Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick. Written by Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham; based on Stevenson’s memoir. Directed by Cretton. (136 minutes, PG-13)

"Just Mercy" stars Michael B. Jordan, left, and Brie Larson. [Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures]

UNDERWATER

Aquatic researchers are menaced by mysterious creatures after an undersea earthquake destroys their laboratory. With Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, Gunner Wright. Written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad; story by Duffield. Directed by William Eubank. (95 minutes, PG-13)

Kristen Stewart in "Underwater." [Courtesy of Alan Markfield]

1917

Two young British privates during World War I must cross through enemy territory to warn their fellow soldiers of an impending ambush in director Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe-winning real-time thriller. With George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch. Written by Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns. (110 minutes, R)

SPEAKING UP: THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR

“Bathroom bills” and parents’ fight to protect their children from discrimination are the focus of The Most Dangerous Year. It marks the latest flick shown as part of the LGBTQ Film Series. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available for purchase, but you can also bring your own snacks and sips. Donations benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. (727) 893-1074.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Atlantics: Worthy winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this feature directing debut from the French Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop tells a hypnotic story of migration and abandonment, romance and ghosts.

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.

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.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Jan. 17: Bad Boys for Life; Dolittle

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

Jan. 31: Gretel and Hansel; The Rhythm Section

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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