Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

J.K. Rowling goes full Dickens (or at least Dickensian) in an absolute dreary slog of a story full of mysterious bloodlines, secret and/or forbidden and/or frustrated love affairs, unfeeling social mores, class struggle, wretched bureaucracy, fractured families, and awkward allegories. Oh, and a big, weird speech from Johnny Depp as the titular criminal about how wizards have to rule the world in order to save humanity from themselves, as if being magical necessarily had anything to do with being good. Along the way, there are some nifty bits of CGI – black silken sheets rippling through the Parisian cityscape were very nice, and Eddie Redmayne’s fantastic animal-lover gets a fun sequence where he uses flashback magic to play fellow social misfit Sherlock Holmes. But dash it all, even the devoted will likely struggle with the reams of expository talk and gobs of unearned feeling and scads of largely pointless beasties, plus some just plain lazy visuals (looking at you, magic cats). Director David Yates does what he can to provide motion and mood, but gets bogged down in the narrative and dramatic muddle.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:40 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:15 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:15 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:35 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    noon

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    9:55 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:55 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    2:30 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    3:55 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:35 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    2:45 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    2:50 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

The LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego. 619-566-0069

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:10 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

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

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 619-465-3040

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:10 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    3:25 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    3:25 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    1:25 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    10 a.m., 1 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:55 a.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:40 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    12:20 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:55 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:55 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. 619-685-2841

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego. 800-326-3264

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:35 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

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

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:50 a.m., 2:40 p.m.

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