Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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In theaters this week: ‘Halloween,’ ‘The Oath,’ ‘The Old Man & The Gun,’ Tampa Theatre gets in spooky spirit

OPENING FRIDAY:

HALLOWEEN

Forty years later, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode for a final showdown with masked killer Michael Meyers. With Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Nick Castle. Directed by David Gordon Green. (106 minutes, R)

REVIEW: What makes the new ‘Halloween’ such a thrill is how it deviates from the original

THE OLD MAN & THE GUN

Robert Redford stars as a septuagenarian who escapes from San Quentin and pulls a string of capers while eluding law enforcement and charming the masses. With Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Written and directed by David Lowery; based on an article by David Grann. (93 minutes, PG-13)

THE OATH

A nationwide loyalty pledge edict from the White House upends a family’s Thanksgiving in this political satire starring writer-director Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish. With John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis. (93 minutes, R)

REVIEW: ‘The Oath’ is ripped, like a Band-Aid, from the headlines

GET SPOOKED: NIGHTMARE ON FRANKLIN STREET

Don’t dare doze off during the all-day, 14-hour movie marathon at Tampa Theatre on Saturday — Freddy Krueger might follow you to dreamland. All six of the original Nightmare on Elm Street films screen back-to-back from 10 a.m. to midnight as part of the kickoff weekend for the historic theater’s Halloween-themed programming. Tickets for each of the Nightmare films are $10, but they’ll offer an all-day Nightmare pass for $40.

On Friday night, catch a free screening of Dr. Paul Bearer’s 2018 Halloween special with a cast Q&A (6:30 p.m.) and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a screening with a live shadow cast and audience participation ($15, 9:30 p.m.).

This year’s Nightmare on Franklin Street Halloween program also includes special Halloween editions of Tampa Theatre’s happy hour as “Pause-O-Ween” with free shots and prize drawings (Friday, Oct. 24-26 and Halloween night) and Balcony to Backstage tours as ghost tours (select dates Friday to Oct. 30, $10-12).

The full slate includes several themed days featuring horror movies about brides (Sunday), hotels (Monday) and werewolves (Wednesday). Find a full lineup of movies at tampatheatre.org.

Christopher Spata, Times staff writer

DEBUT: LATIN FILM FESTIVAL

There’s a new film festival in town. The Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival, dedicated to contemporary Latin American film, kicks off Thursday with a VIP reception at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown St. Petersburg (included in $100 VIP event pass). Then Friday through Sunday, catch screenings of award-winning films, panel discussions and director Q&A sessions at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and AMC Sundial 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $8 per screening or $35 for a day pass. Check tampabaylatinfilmfestival.com for a full lineup.

CriticS’ picks

mThe Hate U Give: Effective adaptation of the YA bestseller about a teen (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses a police shooting and navigates its fallout in her mostly white prep school and the African-American neighborhood where she lives.

A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.

A Simple Favor: A blogger (Anna Kendrick) attempts to discover the secret behind her friend’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 26: Johnny English Strikes Again; Hunter Killer; Suspiria

Nov. 2: Bohemian Rhapsody; Nobody’s Fool; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Nov. 9: The Girl in the Spider’s Web; The Grinch; Overlord

Nov. 16: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Widows; Instant Family

Nov. 21: Creed II; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Robin Hood

Dec. 14: The Mule; Second Act

Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Holmes & Watson

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