Ralph Breaks the Internet 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

A welcome improvement over the original Wreck-It Ralph's tale of a good guy (voiced to sweetly earnest perfection by John C. Reilly) who can’t seem to shake his onscreen character’s nasty rep when he’s off duty with his fellow video-game actors. (What part of show business don’t they understand?) In that story, he sets off on a hero’s quest to prove his goodness, and ends up with the prize he desired all along: a friend (Sarah Silverman as the glitchy Princess Vanellope). In this one, he sets off — after an unusually slow, clunky opening — on another, this time to save Vanellope’s race-car video game from the scrap heap. But the journey takes the two of them out of the arcade’s old-school confines and into the dizzying variety and scope of online life, and it isn’t long before lil’ V finds the dream world she didn’t even know she was dreaming of in the online video game Slaughter Race. That’s when things get both personal and interesting, as directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston artfully explore the promise, the horror, and the heartbreak of the internet’s infinite possibility. (There’s only so far a family movie can go in showing a world where everyone can be just as awful as they want to be without consequence, which makes their achievement here all the more impressive: what it does to Ralph is deeply unsettling but not quite terrifying.) Best of all, they don’t shy away from the ending their story demands. Second-best of all, they go goofily meta in a scene where Vanellope meets her fellow Disney princesses, but have the good sense to know when it’s time to get back to the straight story.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:20 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    10:20 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    9:15 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:30 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:15 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    2:25 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 8:10 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:25 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:15 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:15 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9 p.m.

The LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego. 619-566-0069

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

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

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

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

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:10 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:55 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:10 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11:10 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:10 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

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

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    1:40 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    1:40 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    1:40 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:35 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    12:40 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    12:50 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11:45 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:35 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20

    11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

    10:50 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19

    10:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-437-6161

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

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