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Jojo Rabbit 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

There’s a deep and sincere sweetness in the work of writer-director Taika Waititi. It’s a kind of relentless and innocent good cheer that persists in the face of horror — to the point where the horror is obscured, or maybe defanged. That sweetness is in full effect in this story of a little German boy who makes an imaginary friend out of Der Führer to help him on his way to becoming a proper Hitler Youth, only to discover that his Mom has been keeping a secret while Dad’s away at war: his dead sister’s Jewish best friend is hiding upstairs. The result is reminiscent of Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautful, another film that used the horrors of the Holocaust as the backdrop for a little kid’s big adventure. It’s clear that in both cases, the intentions are entirely good; no one’s looking to exploit or ignore the nightmare atrocity, just to find glimmers of light and love amid the darkness and hate. And maybe find a way to laugh in spite of everything. Look at Hitler! Isn’t he silly, with his little mustache and his need for adoration and attention? After all, it’s not the kid’s fault the world around him has gone mad. He just wants, as his Jewish housemate notes, to belong to a club. And if the club leaders tell him that Jews are inhuman and that someone should write a book about their wicked ways, well, he’s just a clumsy, insecure kid. Some will find his gradual journey toward empathy and love an utterly charming fable, complete with deadpan Sam Rockwell as a nonplused Nazi. Some will find it a borderline apologia for haters, a softhearted attempt to find good people on both sides. And some will find it ping-ponging awkwardly between the two. There’s a reason the poster proclaims the film “an anti-hate satire” — it wants to make sure you don’t get the wrong idea from what’s on the screen.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:45 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    7:10 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:20 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    4 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:35 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:35 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:55 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    2:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    2:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

Angelika Film Center and Café

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:45 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    10:45 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    10:45 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:25 p.m., 6:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    12:25 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Landmark Hillcrest

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

La Paloma

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    3:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    5:40 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    6 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    10:30 a.m., 4:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    11 a.m., 8:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

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

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    12:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    12:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    12:10 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    4:10 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    4:10 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    3:45 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

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

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28

    6:30 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29

    6:30 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 30

    6:30 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 31

    7 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 2

    3:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4

    noon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5

    10:30 p.m.

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