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Movies opening at Tampa Bay theaters: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'High Life'

NOW OPEN:

Teen Spirit

A shy teen pursues her dream of pop stardom. With Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Agnieszka Grochowska, Archie Madekwe. Written and directed by Max Minghella. (92 minutes, PG-13)

THURSDAY:

Avengers: Endgame

Captain America and the other surviving team members attempt to change the fates of their fallen comrades and set the universe to rights in the aftermath of Thanos' victory in this Marvel franchise entry. With Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; based on the comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. (181 minutes, PG-13)

FRIDAY:

High Life

A man and his young daughter must fight to survive on a doomed mission to the farthest reaches of space. With Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth. Written by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox. Directed by Claire Denis. (110 minutes, NR)

ANNUAL TRADITION: Sunscreen Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival is back, showcasing everything from short and feature-length flicks and workshops to the popular Women in Film brunch buffet and an awards ceremony hosted by performer Matthew McGee. The annual tradition opens at 6 tonight with the red-carpet Florida premiere of Mother's Little Helpers, a family drama that follows four adult siblings who visit their estranged, dying mother. Afterward, don't miss a reception at Locale Market restaurant FarmTable Cucina. A Bright Second, a short from the nonprofit Pitch Her Productions exploring friendship across a generational divide in Florida, is at 10 a.m. Friday. $10, $50 one-day pass, $150 four-day pass. AMC Sundial 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 502-9573. sunscreenfilmfestival.com.

RELATED: Pitch Her Productions, run by St. Petersburg natives, champions women in film

CINEMAGIC: French Film Festival

Eckerd College invites the community to check out its French Film Festival. Two movies, both shown with English subtitles, round out the spring semester's inaugural presentation: La Belle et la Bete (7 p.m. Saturday) and Les Quatre Cents Coups (7 p.m. May 4). Free. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 867-1166.

GREAT OUTDOORS: The Last Green Thread

See a screening of the Florida Wildlife Corridor's new documentary The Last Green Thread, starring a trio of friends who travel a narrow band of wilderness in Central Florida. A discussion and Q&A with five panelists, including U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and corridor president Mallory Lykes Dimmit, follows. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free. 7:30 tonight. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

CRITICS' PICKS

Little: In this reversal of Big, a woman magically transforms into her 13-year-old self when the pressure of business becomes too much.

Missing Link: Gentle giant Mr. Link recruits an explorer to help him find his long-lost relatives in this animated family feature.

Us: A sensational dual performance by Lupita Nyong'o is the centerpiece of Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out, a smart, relentlessly scary horror picture about a family being stalked by murderous doppelgangers.

Apollo 11: More dramatically compelling than any fictional re-creation, Todd Douglas Miller's documentary restores a sense of how insanely complex the lunar mission was and how audacious.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

May 3: UglyDolls; The Intruder; Long Shot

May 10: Pokemon Detective Pikachu; Tolkien; The Hustle

May 17: A Dog's Journey; The Sun Is Also a Star

May 24: The White Crow; Aladdin; BrightBurn; Booksmart

Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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