What We Do in the Shadows

Vampires Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are trying to get by in the modern world: from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get into nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except for immortality and the endless need to feast on human blood.

When their 8,000-year-old roommate Petyr (Ben Fransham) turns 20-something hipster Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about society, fashion, technology and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend Stu (Stuart Rutherford) that really changes the bloodsuckers’ attitudes when Stu’s life is threatened and they discover that mortals are worth fighting for.

From the creators of EAGLE VS SHARK and the TV hit Flight of the Conchords, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is an absurdist mockumentary in the style of Christopher Guest’s THIS IS SPINAL TAP and BEST IN SHOW. “I was really interested in making a documentary on something you couldn’t document in real life, and just have everyone treat it like it’s real,” says Waititi, who also co-wrote and co-directed the film. “I’d say that 95% of it was improvised… so it made it feel more real and immediate.”


Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Lily Harrison, a formidable retired woman played by two-time OSCAR-nominee Gena Rowlands, hires acerbic dance instructor Michael Minetti (Broadway veteran Cheyenne Jackson) to give her private dance lessons. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango and Foxtrot. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret, and he shares with her his greatest gifts: loyalty and compassion.

Set in St. Pete Beach, the film features several recognizable bay area landmarks, including the Coliseum ballroom and the Lowes Don CeSar Hotel, which were shot back in 2013.
Florida native Richard Alfieri wrote the screenplay as well as the play upon which it is based, which opened on Broadway and has since been translated into 14 languages and produced in 24 countries around the world. Alfieri will appear live on Tampa Theatre’s historic stage for post-film audience Q&A sessions after the Friday and Sunday evening screenings.


Sing-Along FROZEN


After the kingdom of Arendelle is accidentally cast into eternal winter by the newly crowned Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her energetic sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with the rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his trusty reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) to break the icy spell. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen, these special screenings of Walt Disney’s animated smash hit invite families to sing along with the lyrics on the screen, play along with the interactive props provided and dress in their favorite FROZEN fashions for a costume parade on-stage before the show. 

Tickets for Sing-Along FROZEN are $12 for adults and $10 for kids, and include a bag of interactive props to use during the movie.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

A young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds an alien mistakenly left behind on Earth and hides the creature in his home. Both of their worlds are changed forever as E.T. teaches Elliott and his siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton) – whose parents have recently separated – about caring and love. But as Elliott tries to protect his new intergalactic pal from the malevolent world of grown-ups, the two begin to share an unspoken bond that will threaten both their lives unless Elliott can get E.T. back to his home planet.



With the late Robin Williams as Peter Pan, director Steven Spielberg brings J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale to life with a delightfully modernized twist:  Forty-year-old Peter has grown up to be a workaholic lawyer with more affection for his cell phone than his family. But when Peter’s son and daughter are kidnapped by the villainous Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Peter’s faithful pal Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) helps him return to Neverland, where the Lost Boys try to get him in shape for his fight with Hook. Bob Hoskins costars as Hook’s right-hand man, Smee, and Gwyneth Paltrow – in her first film role – plays the young Wendy. 


The Goonies

When Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin) learn that greedy developers are forcing their family to move, they and the brothers and their friends decide to have one last, precious adventure together. With the help of a treasure map they discover in the attic, the group – who call themselves the Goonies – go in search of buried gold in hopes that that if they find it, Mikey and Brand will succeed in keeping their home. 



A boy asks a mechanical swami at the local fair to make him a grown up, never expecting the magical wish to be granted! Luckily, his best friend recognizes his adult form and helps him get a job at a toy factory, where his fresh, uncomplicated innocence wins the president’s respect, his colleagues’ envy and a beautiful woman’s love. The classic coming-of-age story earned Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Tom Hanks.



Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome ogre living in isolation in his cozy little swamp. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek’s swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters, Shrek’s quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad’s kingdom, where the Lord promises to rid Shrek’s land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad.



When a young girl (Mara Wilson) with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge overcomes her parents’ disapproval and forms a lasting bond with her sensitive teacher, Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz), she ultimately discovers her own magical abilities. MATILDA was adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl and directed by Danny De Vito, who also stars as Matilda’s obtuse father, Mr. Wormwood. 


Two Days, One Night

Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. But management, having realized that the company can operate with one fewer employee, tells Sandra she is to be let go.

After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results in this powerful statement on community solidarity.

For the first time, award-winning Belgian writer-director brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have teamed up with a major international star in Cotillard, and have created a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society.