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Little Women 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

Director Greta Gerwig reteams with her Ladybird star Saoirse Ronan for a cast-heavy but still nimble adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s story of sisters making a home and making a life in spite of of limited options and opportunties. (Neither Meryl Streep as stern Aunt March nor Emma Watson as pretty Meg are given room to let their sheer star power overwhelm the proceedings, while Timothee Chalamet as Laurie and Laura Dern as Marmee do solid enough work, and Florence Pugh as tempremental Amy and Chris Cooper as gruff Mr. Laurence give great delight.) And it is very much an adaptation, the narrative scrambled so that it tells the story of a writer’s beginnings: Jo’s journey from a citified hack scribbling for money to a serious artist with the humility and courage to mine her seemingly humdrum life for material. The book she will eventually write is about her family, but this here story is Jo’s. She is not always onscreen, but everything we’re shown is for her sake. Ronan handles her central role with aplomb, but the shift does tend to drain some of the surrounding events of their emotional affect — as if they will only gain their proper force and meaning once they’ve been put on the page. Still, an expert and elegant retelling.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

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

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    12:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    12:30 p.m., 6:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    1:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    12:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    3:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    1:50 p.m., 7:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    1:15 p.m., 7:20 p.m.

Angelika Film Center and Café

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 20

    10 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    11:40 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    11:40 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 20

    11:40 a.m., 2:20 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    1 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    1 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 20

    1:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    1:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    1:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 20

    1:45 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18

    9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19

    12:05 p.m., 6:15 p.m.

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