Movies open in Tampa Bay theaters: ‘Pet Sematary,’ ‘The Best of Enemies,’ ‘Shazam!’

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Published April 3
Updated April 3

OPEN THURSDAY:

Pet Sematary

A secret burial ground in the Maine woods brings untold horror to a recently arrived family. With Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow. Written by Jeff Buhler; story by Matt Greenberg; based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer. (101 minutes, R)

Shazam!

In the superhero film, a teen in foster care gains the ability to transform himself into a full-grown superhero. With Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Borth, Meagan Good. Directed by David F. Sandberg. Written by Henry Gayden; story by Gayden, Darren Lemke; based on the character created by Bill Parker, C.C. Beck. (132 minutes, PG-13)

The Best of Enemies

A fact-based drama about a black civil-rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader who find common cause in 1970s North Carolina. With Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche. Written by Robin Bissell; based on a book by Osha Gray Davidson. Directed by Bissell. (132 minutes, PG-13)

The Aftermath

Romantic tension builds between a British officer’s wife and a German widower in post-WWII Hamburg. With Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard. Written by Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse; based on a novel by Rhidian Brook. Directed by James Kent. (108 minutes, R)

OPEN FRIDAY:

Unicorn STORE

This comedy, streaming on Netflix, serves as Brie Larson’s directorial debut. The actor and filmmaker plays an artist who has the opportunity to make her ideal childhood purchase: a unicorn. With Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Joan Cusack. Written by Samantha McIntyre. (92 minutes, NR)

CRITICS’ PICKS

Gloria Bell: A free-spirited divorcee (Julianne Moore) works by day and dances at Los Angeles clubs by night.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: Lego invaders from outer space wreak havoc in this animated sequel. While not as fun as the original, the animation is top notch.

Fighting with My Family: A former professional wrestler (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) tours small venues with his family while his children dream of WWE stardom.

Transit: Adapted from Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about a World War II refugee, but hauntingly suspended between past and present, this latest drama from German director Christian Petzold (Phoenix) is a quietly extraordinary tale of refugee experiences, then and now.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

April 12: Teen Spirit; Hellboy; High Life; Little; Mary Magdalene; Missing Link

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

April 26: J.T. Leroy; Avengers: Endgame; The White Crow; Otherhood

May 3: UglyDolls; The Intruder; Long Shot; Shadow

May 10: Pokemon Detective Pikachu; The Hustle; All is True

May 17: The Sun Is Also a Star; The Souvenir

May 24: Aladdin

Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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