Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood 3.0 stars

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Synopsis

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood — The studio rep at the screening asked that both audience and critics not provide any spoilers for this, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film. But Tarantino himself tells you everything you need to know on the “what happens” front with the title: the fairy-tale formulation that pauses before telling you the setting. Not in Nazi Germany, as in Inglourious Basterds. Not in the slaving South, as in Django Unchained. But in Hollywood — specifically, 1969 Hollywood, just as the damn dirty hippies were arriving to upset the ailing industry’s apple cart. (Easy Rider was released a month before this film’s climax, and aging Western TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DeCaprio) goes so far as to call a trespasser on his private road “Dennis Hopper.”) Of course, movies weren’t all the hippies had on their mind: society at large was in for a reckoning, with all its glitz and glam serving to obscure its fundamental greed and bloodlust. (Just look at the subject matter of its preferred entertainment: crime and violence everywhere you turn your TV’s dial!) Tarantino has an eye for both the neon glories and the grotesque violence, and while it looks for one dizzying moment like he’s serious about pitting one against the other, in the end he wraps both in his loving cinematic embrace. Oh yes, the story: it so happens that Rick Dalton, however poor his career choices, has nailed it when it comes to real estate: he finds himself living next door to Roman Polanski, the hottest director in Hollywood, who is renting the place with his gorgeous wife, the actress Sharon Tate. Unluckily for them, however, the house used to belong to someone mixed up with a bearded weirdo named Charles Manson, the leader of a hippie commune situated on the site where Dalton and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) used to make TV shows. Meandering but deliberate, gorgeous and garrulous, it is very much the writer-director doing what he does so well, but in very familiar fashion. Which brings up the intriguing possibility that in making a movie about movie making, his real subject here is himself.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 41 minutes

Rated: R

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

    7:35 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

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    6 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:50 p.m.

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    11:05 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:50 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

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    6:20 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

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    3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

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    3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

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    3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

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

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    4:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m.

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

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    1 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

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    6:35 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    2:30 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

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    7:30 p.m.

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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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Angelika Film Center & Café

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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    noon, 3:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

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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    10:40 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 9 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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    7 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

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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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Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

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Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

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Regal Carlsbad 12

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

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    11:10 a.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

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    11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

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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Comments

Liked it right up until the violent climax. Not so much the violence, but the fact that a guy who may have killed his wife (the characters remind us he was found not guilty) would come off as likeable to the audience.

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