The Art of Racing in the Rain
A clever dog voiced by Kevin Costner narrates the story of his owner, an aspiring Formula One driver. With Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker, Martin Donovan, Gary Cole. Written by Mark Bomback; based on a novel by Garth Stein. Directed by Simon Curtis. (109 minutes, PG)
A promising high school football player fights for justice after he is falsely convicted of rape. With Aldis Hodge, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Greg Kinnear. Written by Doug Atchison. Directed by Tom Shadyac. (99 minutes, PG-13)
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The teen explorer from the animated series leads her friends on a jungle adventure in this live-action tale. With Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Temuera Morrison. Based on the series by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, Eric Weiner. Directed by James Bobin. (102 minutes, PG)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Teens in a small town in the 1960s discover a book of terror tales that start to come true. With Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint. Written by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman; story by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan; based on the series by Alvin Schwartz. Directed by André Ovredal. (111 minutes, PG-13)
The wives of three incarcerated mobsters take over their husbands’ rackets to support their families in 1970s NYC. With Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common, Annabella Sciorra, Myk Watford. Written by Andrea Berloff; based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. Directed by Berloff. (102 minutes, R)
TRUE CRIME: Southwest of Salem
As part of its LGBTQ Film Series, the Gulfport Public Library features Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. This documentary investigates the cases of four Latina lesbians who were wrongfully convicted of gang raping two little girls. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. (727) 893-1074.
CULT CLASSIC: 9 to 5
9 to 5, the feminist cult-classic comedy about three secretaries (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) taking revenge on their sexist boss (Dabney Coleman), is the next screening planned for Tampa Theatre’s summer movie series. Afterward, expect a short discussion and audience Q&A with former Times film critic Steve Persall and his wife, Dianne. And if you won’t be able to catch 9 to 5 at 3 p.m. Sunday, head for Tampa Theatre at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when another worthwhile showing of Because of Sam takes place “due to overwhelming demand.” 9 to 5: $10, $7 members. Because of Sam: $12.50, $9.50 members. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.
The Farewell: Lulu Wang’s tender, funny and melancholy dramedy about an elaborate family deception is personal filmmaking at its most incisive, with superb performances from a cast that includes Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma and Diana Lin.
Midsommar: Starring a terrific Florence Pugh as a young woman on an ill-advised Scandinavian holiday, Ari Aster’s latest grief-soaked horror film isn’t quite as terrifying as his earlier Hereditary, but may be even more audacious in the way it pushes its moody story beyond the conventional grammar of horror cinema.
Toy Story 4: As directed by Josh Cooley and written by Stephany Folsom and the veteran Andrew Stanton, the film surprises with the amount of genuine emotion it generates with its focus on love, loyalty and what matters most in life, to humans as well as toys.
All dates subject to change.
Aug. 14: The Angry Birds Movie 2
Aug. 16: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged; Where’d You Go Bernadette?
Aug. 23: Brittany Runs a Marathon
Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires