Elf 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

Will Ferrell as a human raised by elves, leaving the womb of Santa's Workshop in full adulthood to track down his biological father, a bottom-line publisher of Kiddie Lit ("He's on the naughty list"). Directed by Jon Favreau, the film wants to play both sides of the street — to be a True-Spirit-of-Christmas sermon and at the same time be hip, cool, sardonic, and smarty-pants — and it ends up outstaying its welcome. We do, however, get some nicely worked-out detail, a better than average bumpkin-in-Manhattan montage, and a couple of well-played secondary characters: a harried and unwhimsical toy-department manager at Gimbel's (the hefty Faizon Love) and a self-important top-selling author of children's books (the pint-sized Peter Dinklage, of The Station Agent). With James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner.

Duncan Shepherd

Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Rated: PG

Showtimes

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

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 13

    4:45 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    2:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    4:05 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 13

    4:05 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    12:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    2:30 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 13

    1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. 760-436-7469

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12

    8 p.m.

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