Pet Sematary 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

All the elements are there for a genuinely horrifying (as opposed to simply startling) movie: heck, two or three horrifying movies. You’ve got your woman traumatized by her youth spent caring for a hideously crippled sister who hated her. You’ve got your little girl struggling to understand why the cat she loved more than anything in the world has suddenly turned nasty — evil, even. You’ve got your old codger carrying a dark secret from his past. And you’ve got your bereaved parent, so twisted by his pain that he can no longer distinguish right from terribly, terribly wrong. But directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer spend waaaay too much time going for tension-building walks through creepy places and not nearly enough developing the stories that would have made this Stephen King adaption put the screws to the soul. Hint: when you have to have a character announce the central theme — “That place gets in your mind and feeds on your grief!” — instead of making the audience actually feel those things, you’re doing it wrong. Happily, there aren’t nearly so many jump scares as there might have been, and the opening shot is pretty great, and there’s some good work in the sound and visuals department. But it’s still a miss.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:55 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:25 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:55 p.m., 4:25 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:30 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

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    3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Monday, April 22

    3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:35 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    10:35 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:50 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:40 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:40 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:55 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:30 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:20 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:15 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:40 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:40 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Monday, April 22

    4:55 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1:50 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:50 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:10 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

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    noon, 2:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

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    noon, 2:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

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    noon, 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    11:45 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:45 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

South Bay Drive In

2170 Coronado Avenue, San Diego. 619-423-2727

  • Monday, April 22

    10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:30 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    10:30 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m.

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