Penguins 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

Consider this the biggest ornithological misappropriation since Little Richard accused Walt Disney of using, “his Donald Duck singing my ‘Tutti Frutti’… yet I never received a quarter.” It’s March of the Penguins with Ed Helms’ anthropomorphic asides substituting for Morgan Freeman’s “voice of God” narration. I’m all for Disney trying to cultivate an appreciation among young moviegoers of documentary filmmaking as an alternative to mainstream cinema. But tack on a laugh-track, and this could pass for a network sitcom. A post-show blooper reel that shows the crew interacting up close and personal with their stars proved to be a fourth wall-shattering experience. (Did they invite the adorable adelie to sleep in their tents during the more frigid nights of their brutal trek?) That said, while I waxed nostalgic for Chilly Willy, the four kids who accompanied me couldn’t stop raving about it on the ride home. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Rated: G

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:45 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:50 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    12:05 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:05 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

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    3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    1:35 p.m., 3:50 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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    4:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

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    1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

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

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    2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

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    5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

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    11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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    3:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    10:40 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 8:20 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10 a.m., 10:55 a.m., noon, 12:50 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    10 a.m., 10:55 a.m., noon, 12:50 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    10 a.m., 10:55 a.m., noon, 12:50 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

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    noon, 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

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    noon, 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

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    11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Monday, April 22

    3:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9 p.m.

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    11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9 p.m.

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    10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:50 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

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    12:10 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    12:10 p.m.

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-437-6161

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

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