Brigsby Bear 3.0 stars

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A movie about storytelling that succeeds by keeping its focus on the storyteller. James Pope (Kyle Mooney, who also co-wrote) is a young man who discovers that his entire life has been a fiction. In response, he latches onto the one thing that was “real” — the children’s TV show that gave shape and meaning to his extremely sheltered life — and sets about bringing it into his new, realer, sadder world. That it was designed and produced just for him doesn’t matter a whit; what matters is that it told him a story: Brigsby Bear’s adventures gave Pope a mental landscape in which to roam, and the impetus to do so. That doesn’t change just because he takes over as writer, director, and star. It could be argued that there should be more anger and less sweetness on display, but it’s pain that drives Pope to write his own ending, and so the film feels essentially honest. It helps that the supporting cast is so openly game: a tamped-down Mark Hamill will no doubt garner much of the attention, but there’s great work from Matt Walsh as the boy’s father and Greg Kinnear as a sympathetic detective. Directed by Dave McCary.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    11 a.m., 5:45 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    10:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    7:05 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619-298-2904

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    1:55 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    1 p.m., 3:50 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    1 p.m., 4:25 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Thursday, Aug. 24

    1:35 p.m., 4:15 p.m.


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