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Synopsis

There are moments in Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a quaint-yet-cursed Maine village (Very Bad Things happen every 27 years, many of them having to do with kids) where the sights and sounds are enough. Those are 12-year-old kids up there on the screen seeing their worst nightmares come to life, courtesy of a demonic clown (ably portrayed by Bill Skarsgård) — and because we sympathize, because everyone remembers what it was like to be scared as a child, to quiver without power or comprehension before awfulness real or imagined, we make their terror our own. But they are only moments. This is partly intentional: the clunky script is forever slipping in comic relief via a potty-mouthed wisecracker, as if the film lacks confidence in our ability to suffer along with the kids. It’s also partly unintentional, as scene after scene is presented so clumsily that all we’re left to be scared of are the effects. And effects wear thin pretty quickly. Horror’s power here does not come from monstrous imagery, but from the encounter with evil: abusive parents (sexually and otherwise), sadistic bullies, a town so benumbed by violence that it simply shrugs when its children go missing. Muschietti seems to miss that, going for teeth over terror from the get-go.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Rated: R

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside. 760-631-5700

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    1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26

    12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27

    1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Monday, Sept. 25

    7 p.m.

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27

    7 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

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

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    11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

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AMC Otay Ranch

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

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AMC Palm Promenade

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

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AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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AMC Temecula 10

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

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    1 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Angelika Film Center

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

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ArcLight La Jolla

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

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Cinépolis Del Mar

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

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Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 760-603-8638

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Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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The LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. 858-777-0069

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The LOT: Liberty Station

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

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    11:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

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  • Thursday, Sept. 28

    11:30 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 800-326-3264

  • Monday, Sept. 25

    10:20 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

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Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 800-326-3264

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    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26

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  • Wednesday, Sept. 27

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 28

    10:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

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    11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

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Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

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Regal Parkway Plaza

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

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Regal Rancho del Rey

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

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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

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Regal San Marcos

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

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

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    9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

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    9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

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    9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

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    9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

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

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

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

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-437-6161

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    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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

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    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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