What’s in theaters: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,’ ‘Run the Race,’ local film festivals

See an environmental film at Eckerd College and a Newtown documentary at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
Published February 20

NOW PLAYING:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, seek a mythical land in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the latest entry in DreamWorks’ animated franchise. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson and F. Murray Abraham. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois; based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. (104 minutes, PG)

Run the Race

Two small-town brothers see high school athletics as their ticket to a better life in Run the Race. With Tanner Stine, Kristoffer Poloha, Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson and Frances Fisher. Written by Jake McEntire, Jason Baumgardner and Chris Dowling, who directs. (101 minutes, PG)

DEVELOPMENT TALE: The Silver Branch

Part of the Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival, The Silver Branch is a poetic documentary narrated by a farmer crusading to save County Clare, Ireland’s unspoiled public Burren, from development. The movie will be introduced by James Deutsch, program curator at the Smithsonian Institution and adjunct professor of American studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Eckerd College Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. environmentalfilmfest.com.

DISCUSS: Midsummer in Newtown

Watch a screening and participate in a panel discussion about Midsummer in Newtown, the documentary that chronicles the student production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the tragic mass shooting. Michael Unger, who directed the performance at Sandy Hook, will be joined by psychiatrist Stephen Groff and educator Tracy Reilly. The screening is part of the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts. 7 p.m. Friday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. $5 suggested donation, free for members. (727) 894-1052. stpeteartsfest.com.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Widows: Three very different, very desperate women execute a daring heist in this unusually gripping, meaty and politically charged thriller.

Roma (Netflix): An extremely quiet, even meditative picture played at the softer pitch of reality, rather than the higher frequency of drama by writer-director-producer Alfonso Cuarón.

The Other Side of the Wind (Netflix): Shot between 1970 and 1976 and then left unfinished for decades, Orson Welles’ long-awaited final feature is a cracked, corrosive vision, a cinematic hall of mirrors that fascinatingly reflects the fraught circumstances of its making.

The Kid Who Would Be King: A 12-year-old boy gets pulled into a grand Arthurian adventure in this endearing, winningly offbeat comic fantasy.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

March 1: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral; Chaos Walking

March 8: Captain Marvel

March 15: Us; Wonder Park

March 22: The Beach Bum; The Informer; Trading Paint; Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

March 29: Hotel Mumbai; Dumbo; Highwaymen; J.T. Leroy; The Last

April 5: Unicorn Store; Pet Semetary; Teen Spirit

April 12: Hellboy, High Life, Little, Mary Magdalene, Missing Link

April 19: Drunk Parents, Little Woods, Under the Silver Lake

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