SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
The cartels escalate the tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border when they begin trafficking terrorists in this sequel to the 2015 crime drama. With Benicio Del Toro, right, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener. Written by Taylor Sheridan. Directed by Stefano Sollima. (122 minutes, R)
Basketball star Kyrie Irving, left, reprises his popular character from a series of Pepsi digital shorts, a legendary hoopster reassembling his team for a Harlem street ball tournament. With Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O’Neal and Nick Kroll. Written by Jay Longino. Directed by Charles Stone III. (103 minutes, PG-13)
RED CARPET TIME: NO POSTAGE NECESSARY
A locally filmed movie gets a red carpet reception Thursday at Tampa Theatre. No Postage Necessary, made in Plant City, is an indie romantic comedy about a computer hacker who poses as a mailman and steals a woman’s mail in an attempt to win her heart. It stars George Blagden (Vikings, Versailles) and Plant City native Charleene Closshey, right, along with Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), and Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy, The 100).
"We don’t believe in the locust phenomenon where you fly in, you eat all the grass and then fly away," Closshey told the Times during filming in 2016. "This is my hometown; my family is still here. I don’t want to fly in, abuse relationships, abuse people. If anything our stakes are higher because we’re still here in some ways. And part of me will always be here."
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception with the cast, then at 6:30 p.m. there are red carpet interviews and the general admission doors open. The film is screened at 7:15 p.m. (104 minutes, PG-13) with a cast Q&A immediately after. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs. $15-$100. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. (813) 274-8982.
The movie is also set to make movie history July 10 when it receives worldwide distribution through a blockchain. It’s a decentralized online system that can help ward off piracy and illegal sharing. For more information on how that will work, go to bit.ly/tbtblockhain.
mIncredibles 2: Worthwhile sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 Pixar animated hit about a family of superheroes discouraged from using their power.
First Reformed: A bored, despairing country preacher (Ethan Hawke) is spiritually awakened when counseling a young parishioner (Phillip Ettinger) considering an act of environmental terrorism.
American Animals: Based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer’s freshest, most entertaining films.
Deadpool 2: More darkly comic adventures about a superhero (Ryan Reynolds) who can’t die but sometimes wants to.
July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp; Sorry to Bother You; Whitney
July 13: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation; Skyscraper; Eighth Grade
July 20: The Equalizer 2; Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again; Blindspotting; Leave No Trace
July 27: Mission: Impossible — Fallout; Teen Titans Go to the Movies
Aug. 3: The Darkest Minds; Disney’s Christopher Robin; Mile 22; The Spy Who Dumped Me; The Wife; Searching
Aug. 10: The Meg; BlacKkKlansman
Aug. 15: Crazy Rich Asians
Aug. 17: The Happytime Murders; Juliet, Naked; Alpha; Billionaire Boys Club
Aug. 24: Slender Man