What’s in theaters: ‘Serenity,’ ‘Stan & Ollie,’ ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

Plus, two local film events celebrate James Baldwin and explore life ‘After the Fire.’
Published January 23

OPENING THURSDAY: Serenity

A fishing boat captain’s ex-wife wants him to murder her new husband. With Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, above, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou and Jeremy Strong. Directed, co-produced and written by Steven Knight. (106 minutes, R)

OPENING FRIDAY: Stan & Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly portray the classic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. With Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston and Rufus Jones. Written by Jeff Pope. Directed by Jon S. Baird. (97 minutes, R)

The Kid Who Would Be King

A group of kids, powered by the sword in the stone, Excalibur, heads out on adventure to bring down an evildoer in this fantasy adventure. With Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart. Written and directed by Joe Cornish. (110 minutes, PG)

CelebratE the Legacy: James Baldwin

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History presents a screening of the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. A panel discussion follows. 10 a.m. Saturday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free, donations accepted. (727) 895-6620. thestudioat620.org.

TALK ABOUT IT: After the Fire

See a screening of After the Fire and partake in discussion about the January 2000 dormitory fire at Seton Hall University that took the lives of three freshmen and injured 58 others. Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, two roommates severely burned, share their story. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-3180. msc.usf.edu.

CRITICS’ PICKS

The Favourite: This viciously entertaining period comedy-drama takes us to the 18th century court of Queen Anne, in a Golden Globe-winning, magnificent performance by Olivia Colman.

Ben Is Back: As a mother (Julia Roberts) prepares for the Christmas holiday, her addicted son (Lucas Hedges) returns unexpectedly from a stint in drug rehab.

If Beale Street Could Talk: Barry Jenkins’ followup to Moonlight melds color, music and portraiture to do more than tell a story.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Feb. 1: Miss Bala; Jacob’s Ladder

Feb. 8: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part; What Men Want; The Prodigy; Cold Pursuit; The Amityville Murders

Feb. 13-14: Isn’t It Romantic; Alita: Battle Angel; Happy Death Day 2U

Feb. 22: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Fighting With My Family; The Rhythm Section

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

March 8: Captain Marvel

March 15: Us; Wonder Park

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