Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Movies

What’s in theaters this week: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3,’ ‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You’

OPENING THURSDAY:

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

The extended family of monsters heads out on a luxury cruise ship. Voices include Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks. Written by Genndy Tartakovsky, Michael McCullers. Directed by Tartakovsky.
(97 minutes, PG)e_SClB

SKYSCRAPER

Wrongly held responsible for a fire in the world’s tallest building, a former FBI agent and security expert (Dwayne Johnson, above) must bring the guilty parties to justice and rescue his family. With Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Moller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
(82 minutes, PG-13)

OPENING FRIDAY:

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

The title treatment for Boots Riley’s joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut has more personality than most movies. Designed by the children’s book illustrator J. Otto Seibold in a blocky original font, it conquers the screen in big capital letters and screaming shades of fuchsia. In this arrestingly strange and provocative fantasia, a supernaturally empowered key sends an Oakland telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield, above) into a bizarre alternative realm. With Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover. (105 minutes, R) e_SClB

LEAVE NO TRACE

After living off the grid in the forests of Oregon, a man and his teenage daughter struggle after being placed in social services. With Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster, both above. Written and directed by Debra Granik. (109 minutes, PG)e_SClB

NOW PLAYING: BOUNDARIES

Boundaries opens with a conversation between a woman and her off-camera shrink. But the real therapy doesn’t kick in until patient Laura (Vera Farmiga) embarks on that staple of Hollywood renewal: the road trip. Laura’s journey to inner peace is undertaken with her estranged father, Jack (Christopher Plummer), and her teenage son, Henry (Lewis MacDougall).
(104 minutes, R)e_SClB

MAKE IT: BIG

When Josh Baskin asked the Zoltar machine to "make him big" in Penny Marshall’s beloved 1988 comedy Big, he turned into a 30-year-old Tom Hanks. Now the movie itself is 30 years old and — your wish has been granted — it is coming back to theaters this week. The screening of the movie that garnered Hanks his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor includes behind-the-scenes insights from Turner Classic Movies. It will be shown at Regal’s Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Studio Movie Grill in Seminole, Studio Movie Grill in Tampa, Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar, Citrus Park 20 in Tampa and Regency 20 in Brandon. $13.38 (may vary by theater). 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday.

CriticS’ picks

mSicario: Day of the Soladado: South of the border, an assassin and covert agent (Benicio Del Toro) tries to salvage the life of a teen (Isabella Moner) caught up in a war among drug cartels and human traffickers.

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.

UPCOMING RELEASES

July 20: The Equalizer 2; Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again; Blindspotting

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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