Kong: Skull Island 3D 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

The latest Kong borrows at least a couple of pages from the script of the latest Godzilla (unsurprising, since Max Borenstein co-wrote both) — notably, the jacking up of the big ape’s size to truly gargantuan (though he does seem to grow and shrink a bit according to the demands of the scene), and the pitting of monster against monster, with people mostly serving as not-so-innocent bystanders. Plus the notion of monster as humanity’s benevolent protector, in spite of that status as not-so-innocent. The results are similarly middling. These critters are cuddly gods, demanding no sacrifice and forgiving all sins — though sometimes after a flare-up of temper. It’s fun to watch them in action, but on the human side, the film is clumsily written, over-cast and underacted, with only frustrated soldier Samuel L. Jackson striking the right tone of crazy amid the chaos. (John Goodman sounds bored as an intrepid scientist, while Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston are reduced to tight-shirted eye candy as a combat photographer and secretly sensitive tracker, respectively.) Besides the godlike gorilla, the real star seems to be ‘70’s technology, as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts lavishes loving attention on slide projectors, walkie-talkies, reel-to-reel players, manually adjusted cameras, and bucket-of-bolts transportation. Just don’t ask yourself who is holding the Super 8 during the final scene.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Monday, March 27

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Saturday, March 25

    6:40 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    1 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    1:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    1 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    1:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Saturday, March 25

    5:50 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    11:50 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    2:20 p.m., 5:20 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Saturday, March 25

    5 p.m., 8 p.m., 11:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    12:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 11:05 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    6:15 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    6:15 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    9:20 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

  • Sunday, March 26

    9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

  • Saturday, March 25

    7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 30

    12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Sunday, March 26

    noon, 3 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    noon, 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    noon, 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    noon, 3 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 30

    noon, 3 p.m.

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