Alita: Battle Angel An IMAX 3D Experience 0.0 stars

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Synopsis

Why did Robert Rodriguez bother giving Rosa Salazar the CG Margaret Keane treatment when Hollywood already had tumescently-eyed young actresses like Anya Taylor-Joy or Bel Powley eager to report for duty? It’s Ex Machina for teenagers when a futuristic sawbones (Christoph Waltz in cruise control) fuses together the upper-torso of a trashed replacement cyborg with the robotic bottom half of his dead daughter to form a lean, mean, metallic-sheened fighting machine. (According to contemporary comic book thinking, the only way a woman can become a man’s equal is if she learns to brawl like one.) The only thing flatter than the dialogue are the 3D effects, topped by a time consuming riff on Rollerball. If you relish spending two hours trapped inside a video game without a controller, knock yourself out. From where I sat, it was an endurance test, an exercise in facing forward and staring at a screen. With: Jennifer Connelly, standing around and looking severe, and a ready-made performance from Mahershala Ali as the blue-eyed villain that’s just bad enough to invalidate this year’s Oscar chances.

Scott Marks

Length: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

Movie showtimes are subject to change. For possible updates to this schedule, please call the theater.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    4 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    6:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 22

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 24

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 25

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 22

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 24

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 25

    3:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26

    12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27

    3:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    6 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 22

    10:45 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

    10:45 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 24

    10:45 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 25

    11:15 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26

    11:15 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27

    11:15 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28

    11:15 a.m., 2:35 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 22

    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 24

    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 21

    6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 22

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 24

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 25

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28

    noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

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