Movies in Tampa Bay theaters this week: ‘UglyDolls,’ ‘The Intruder,’ ‘Long Shot’

Starting Friday, cinephiles have worthwhile events to choose from as well.
Published May 1
Updated May 1

OPEN THURSDAY:

UglyDolls

This animated musical comedy follows the adorably strange group of friends, covering themes like diversity and acceptance. (87 minutes, PG)

The Intruder

In the psychological thriller, a married couple score their dream home, but the property’s previous owner just won’t let them be. (102 minutes, PG-13)

Long Shot

A free-spirited journalist reconnects with his childhood crush, an influential powerhouse who’s now gearing up to run for president. (125 minutes, R)

OPEN FRIDAY:

Sunset

A young woman becomes embroiled in a mystery in pre-WWI Budapest. With Susanne Wuest, Vlad Ivanov. Written and directed by László Nemes. In Hungarian and German with English subtitles. (142 minutes, R)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Nope, that’s not a movie description. It’s the biographical crime thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy set to launch on Netflix. Joe Berlinger, who knows a thing or two about the true crime genre, directs. (110 minutes, R)

The Last Summer

You can also start streaming this Netflix-exclusive romantic comedy with Riverdale heartthrob KJ Apa. (109 minutes, NR)

AREA FESTIVALS:

Black Box Spring Film Festival

During the Black Box Spring Film Festival, catch screenings of the University of Tampa’s best student-made short films at Reeves Theater. They range from experimental and narrative to documentary and animated. Free. 7 p.m. Friday. Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. (813) 253-6238.

Sigmund Freud Film Festival and Challenge

The second annual Sigmund Freud Film Festival and Challenge screens competitive and noncompetitive films inspired by the famed neurologist and psychoanalyst’s theories. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. facebook.com/sigmundfreudfilms.

TOLKIEN:Live From the Montclair Film Festival

Nab a sneak peek of Tolkien, exploring how author J. R. R. Tolkien went from lonely orphan to great storyteller, ahead of its nationwide release. This advanced screening features a simulcast Q&A with stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins and director Dome Karukoski — all moderated by Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert. Oldsmar’s AMC Woodlands Square 20 gets in on the fun, too. $13.40. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Regal Citrus Park Stadium 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa. (813) 920-0835.

WILD WEST:True Grit

John Wayne fans won’t want to miss his return to the big screen for the 50th anniversary showing of True Grit. AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Regal Citrus Park Stadium 20 in Tampa also present the flick. $13.40. 1 p.m. Sunday and May 8. Regal Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 525-7777.

CRITICS’ PICKS

The Mustang: A violent convict is given the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation program involving training wild horses. Nicely acted and ultimately moving.

Captain Marvel: It’s not only heroes who can have superpowers. Movies can have them, too, and you can add this to the small list of those that do, thanks to a luminous and powerful Brie Larson, co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law and directors and co-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Shazam!: A streetwise 14-year-old is able to transform into a superhero by shouting one magic word in this family-friendly movie with the feel of a 1980s adventure comedy.

Pet Sematary: A doctor moves his family to rural Maine, near a pet cemetery where dark secrets are buried. Based on a book by Stephen King.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

May 10: Pokemon Detective Pikachu; Tolkien; The Hustle

May 17: A Dog’s Journey; The Sun Is Also a Star

May 24: The White Crow; Aladdin; BrightBurn; Booksmart

May 31: Ma; Godzilla: King of the Monsters; Rocketman

June 7: All Is True; The Souvenir

Meaghan Habuda and Times wires

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