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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ ‘Dolittle’

Plus, the Sunshine City Film Festival brings a number of events for cinephiles to St. Petersburg.
"Bad Boys for Life" stars Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence. [Courtesy of Ben Rothstein]
"Bad Boys for Life" stars Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence. [Courtesy of Ben Rothstein]
Published Jan. 15
Updated Jan. 15



A teenage runaway befriends a girl who can control the weather in this anime tale set in Tokyo. With the voices of Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. In Japanese with English subtitles. (114 minutes, PG-13)



Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunite for one last go-round as Miami narcotics detectives. With Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano. Written by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan; story by Craig, Carnahan. Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah. (123 minutes, R)

Martin Lawrence, left, and Will Smith star in "Bad Boys for Life." [Courtesy of Ben Rothstein]


Robert Downey Jr. headlines as the veterinarian who can talk to the animals in this effects-laden adventure tale. With Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Tom Holland. Written by Stephen Gaghan, Dan Gregor, Doug Mand; story by Thomas Shepherd; based on the character created by Hugh Lofting. Directed by Gaghan. (106 minutes, PG)


The annual Sunshine City Film Festival kicked off on Jan. 11, bringing an extended bill of events aimed at local cinephiles to various St. Petersburg venues. Highlights include the celebration of women in film and entertainment at 7 p.m. Thursday and the international independent film showcase at 6 p.m. Friday, both of which are hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Runs through Monday. Prices and times vary. For the full schedule, visit

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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College features Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching, about Tampa native James Fair Jr., who received the death sentence in 1960 for a child rape and murder he didn’t commit. Fair won his release in 1962. This third documentary from filmmaker Clennon King led to the reopening of the 60-year-old unsolved case in July, according to a news release, after Pataula Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ronald McNease announced his office was reviewing it. “I’m delighted to be bringing this story to the very neighborhood where James Fair Jr. grew up,” King said in the release, noting that Fair, who died in 2005, lived a mile away from the campus as a child. King plans to introduce the flick, then present a post-screening discussion and audience Q&A. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 2112 N 15th St., Tampa.


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.

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

Jan. 31: Gretel and Hansel; The Rhythm Section

Feb. 7: Birds of Prey

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires


  1. The future site of Green Light Cinema at 221 Second Ave on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The art house theater will be nestled between Pour Taproom and 2nd & Second. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  2. "Brahms: The Boy II" stars Katie Holmes. [DAVID BUKACH  |  STXfilms]
  3. Twitter user Ashley Bower asked what movies traumatized people as children, prompting a deluge of responses and a spattering of old movies to trend on Twitter on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. [Ashley bower]
  4. "Downhill" stars Will Ferrell, left, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. [Courtesy of Jaap Buitendijk]
  5. Feb. 10• Arts & Entertainment
    The Florida State Fair continues in Tampa through Feb. 17. [Courtesy of the Florida State Fair]
  6. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  7. This May 4, 2017 file photo shows actor Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles. Douglas died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at age 103. [REED SAXON  |  AP]
  8. "Birds of Prey" stars Rosie Perez, left, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Ella Jay Basco and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. [Courtesy of Claudette Barius]
  9. Cinematographer Nick Matthews, left, works the main camera on the set of "Black Veil" in downtown Plant City. "The Blair Witch Project" director Dan Myrick is directing a web series titled "Black Veil" on location there. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  10. "The Rhythm Section" stars Blake Lively. [Courtesy of Bernard Walsh]
  11. "The Song of Names" stars Luke Doyle as Dovidl. [SABRINA LANTOS  |  Sony Pictures Classics]
  12. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]