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Opening in Orlando: Happy Death Day 2U, Isn’t It Romantic and more



Opening this week:

Happy Death Day 2U Here's a heartwarming story to start your Valentine's Day off right. The sequel to 2017's Happy Death Day was originally scheduled to open on the holiday itself, to give all the adorably morbid couples out there a chance to celebrate their love by watching college kids get slaughtered over and over again. But then somebody noticed that Valentine's Day 2019 is also the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting – that somebody being Fred Guttenberg, father of one of the slain students. And he suggested that opening a film called Happy Death Day 2U on that anniversary was, shall we say, in questionable taste. (This was during those innocent times of one month ago, when tone-deaf motion picture studios were the worst Guttenberg had to worry about, because he hadn't yet met Matt Gaetz.) So guess what Universal Pictures did? They graciously volunteered to move up the release of the movie by a whole 24 hours to Feb. 13. Plus, they agreed to not screen or market the movie in the Parkland area. Which I'm sure will come as a great relief to that community, especially if it has no access to the internet or national TV ad buys. Guttenberg, God bless him, was highly satisfied with the olive branch the studio had offered, calling it "a great outcome." Which only reinforces my understanding that some people are simply better than me. I'd probably find it a little harder to get over Universal's subsequent statement that they had been unaware of the anniversary until it was pointed out to them by the bereaved. Hey, they can't keep track of every horrific mass homicide that affects America's families, can they? They've got their hands full trying to figure out how to completely fuck up the Universal Studios monsters. (PG-13)

Isn't It Romantic Rebel Wilson plays a woman who gets hit on the head and finds herself living in a world that's straight out of a hackneyed romantic comedy. Wow, a whole movie about College Park? (PG-13)

Also playing:

Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year The nation of China is gaga for England's most famous swine. (OK, second most famous. After Piers Morgan.) So the Peppa creative team packaged up a bunch of her already-seen TV episodes and wedded them to newly-created segments themed to 2019's Year of the Pig. The serendipity is so perfect I'm not even going to make that joke about pork fried rice. (NR; in Mandarin with English subtitles; playing at Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX)

Piercing This sicko psychodrama is based on the book by Ryu Murakami, in which a disturbed man has to decide between stabbing his infant child to death with an ice pick and hacking up a hooker. Seems like an easy choice to me: You save the one who's going to eat you out, not the one who's going to eat you out of house and home. Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! (R; playing at Enzian Theater, Maitland)

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