What’s in theaters this week: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ ‘The First Purge,’ free Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary

Published July 5 2018
Updated July 5 2018

OPENING: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Striving for a work-life balance proves elusive for Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), the superhero with the ability to shrink, when he is confronted with a new mission and a new partner, the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). With Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas. Directed by Peyton Reed. (118 minutes, PG-13)

NOW PLAYING: THE FIRST PURGE

The fourth entry in the Purge dystopian horror series focuses on the origins of the social experiment gone terribly wrong. With Mo McRae and Y’Lan Noel, above,andLex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei. Written by James DeMonaco. Directed by Gerard McMurray. (97 minutes, R)

SKYNYRD: IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell tour has already come through Tampa, but another piece of the band’s legacy is in town next week. Produced by CMT, the documentary If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd spends a good amount of time lionizing its hard-driving late frontman Ronnie Van Zant, who died in the band’s notorious 1977 plane crash. But it also plays like an elegy for the band, a statement on how they wish to be remembered — particularly guitarist Gary Rossington, the sole founding member who tours with Skynyrd to this day. "It’s very much about the ’70s, the origins, and the tragedy that ended it," says director Stephen Kijak. "There’s enough richness there that we could have filled up two-plus hours’ worth. … It’s like a first chapter. There could be a second chapter that focuses on everything post-crash." The movie screens at 8 p.m. Monday at the Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free, but RSVP or ticket required. Pick up tickets at Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. RSVP via the Facebook pages for Et Cultura or Daddy Kool Records. (727) 822-5665. For more with Stephen Kijak, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do/music. Jay Cridlin, Times pop music/culture critic

DIRECTOR Q&A: THE DOCTOR FROM INDIA

The Doctor From India, screening Monday at Tampa Theatre, is a documentary about Dr. Vasant Lad, credited with bringing the medical practice of ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. Named best documentary at the Maui Film Festival, the film features Deepak Chopra, Robert Svoboda, David Frawley and Claudia Welch. After the screening, director Jeremy Frindel has a Q&A with the audience via the web. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. $11, $8 members. (813) 274-8981. tampatheatre.org.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Incredibles 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: This based-on-fact story of how four 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.

UPCOMING RELEASES

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

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