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Movies in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘The Rhythm Section,’ ‘Gretel & Hansel’

‘Quezon’s Game’ and ‘The Wonderland,’ plus Taylor Swift documentary ‘Miss Americana,’ round out this week’s openings.
"The Rhythm Section" stars Blake Lively. [Courtesy of Bernard Walsh]

THURSDAY

GRETEL & HANSEL

A young girl and her little brother find terror in the deep woods in this reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. With Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw, Alice Krige. Written by Rob Hayes. Directed by Oz Perkins. (87 minutes, PG-13)

THE RHYTHM SECTION

A woman seeks vengeance against those who plotted the plane crash that killed her family. With Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown. Written by Mark Burnell. Directed by Reed Morano. (107 minutes, R)

"The Rhythm Section" stars Jude Law, right, and Blake Lively. [Courtesy of Bernard Walsh]

FRIDAY

MISS AMERICANA

The life and career of pop star Taylor Swift drives the new Netflix documentary. With Swift, Joe Alwyn, Jack Antonoff, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France. Directed by Lana Wilson. (86 minutes, NR)

Taylor Swift in a scene from Netflix's "Miss Americana." [Courtesy of Netflix]

QUEZON’S GAME

Set in 1938, Philippine President Manuel Quezon battles critics and anti-Semitic forces to provide refuge for European Jews facing Nazi persecution. With Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro, Kate Alejandrino. Written by Janice Y. Perez, Dean Rosen. Directed by Matthew E. Rosen. (127 minutes, PG-13)

SUNDAY

THE WONDERLAND

Through Tuesday, Tampa’s Studio Movie Grill, 12332 University Mall Court, shows this anime tale about a shy sixth-grader who meets an alchemist and his assistant. They take her on a fantastical journey. With the voices of Mayu Matsuoka, Masachika Ichimura. Written by Miho Maruo; based on the novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba. Directed by Keiichi Hara. In Japanese with English subtitles. (116 minutes, NR)

GO SHORTY: ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

Catch a global bill of Oscar-nominated animated short films at Tampa Theatre. Kicking off Friday for ages 13 and older, the program brings five main movies released in 2019 — Hair Love, Dcera (Daughter), Sister, Mémorable and KITBULL — plus a few additional flicks. The theater also plans to show Oscar-nominated live action and documentary shorts. $13, $10 members. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8981. For showtimes, visit tampatheatre.org.

DOCUMENTARY: FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO

The Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival teams up with the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa for an encore screening of For They Know Not What They Do. This documentary focuses on religion, gender identity and sexual orientation in America — and understanding. A panel discussion follows. Free. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday. Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa, 408 E Cayuga St. (813) 239-1951. tiglff.com.

BIG WINNER: JUDY

Renée Zellweger is scoring top honors for her role as Judy Garland in Judy. First came the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama motion picture on Jan. 5, then the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role award from the Screen Actors Guild on Jan. 19. Earlier this month, she also landed an Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role. Bring a blanket or low chair to watch Zellweger portray the legendary entertainer during a run of sold-out stage shows in 1968 London. Soft drinks, popcorn and other concessions are available for purchase. The outdoor movie starts at sunset. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. sunsetsatpier60.com.

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.

Feb. 7: Birds of Prey

Feb. 14: Buffaloed; Downhill; Fantasy Island; The Photograph; Sonic the Hedgehog

Feb. 21: Brahms: The Boy II; The Call of the Wild

Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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