Shazam! 1.0 stars

Movie poster

Synopsis

Much will be made, no doubt, over the fact that DC has finally taken some pains to escape its reputation for dark ‘n gritty superhero movies and put the “comic” back in “comic book movie” with this, the story of a teenage boy who, when he says the titular name, is transformed into a grown man with Solomon’s wisdom, Hercules’ strength, Atlas’ stamina, Zeus’ power, Achilles’ courage, and Mercury’s speed. (At least, that’s what the wizard who gives him his power tells him it does. In truth, it just makes him a teenager with a Charles Atlas bod and a bunch of Superman’s powers.) And to be sure, there is Big-style goofiness aplenty (star Zachary Levi’s grin as he tells a convenience store clerk that he’d like to purchase some of her finest beer is absolutely winning). But director David F. Sandberg remains a horror guy at heart (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), and the ping-ponging between yuks and yikes leads to a pretty nasty case of aesthetic whiplash. There are other, equally awkward oppositions: if Shazam’s whole purpose is to conquer the embodied Seven Deadly Sins, maybe don’t have him rob an ATM (greed) so he can give more cash to strippers (lust)? And if his teenage self has spent his whole life looking for his birth mother, maybe don’t have his dramatic arc consist of realizing the importance of family? Oh, never mind, there’s gags to deliver and punching to be done.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

Movie showtimes are subject to change. For possible updates to this schedule, please call the theater.

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Friday, April 19

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

  • Saturday, April 20

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

  • Sunday, April 21

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

  • Monday, April 22

    2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

    2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Friday, April 19

    10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Monday, April 22

    11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Friday, April 19

    11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10 p.m.

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    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    12:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10 p.m.

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    noon, 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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AMC Plaza Bonita

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

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    10 p.m.

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

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AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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    2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

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    10 p.m.

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

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    2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Friday, April 19

    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

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Cinépolis Del Mar

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

  • Friday, April 19

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

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

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 760-603-8638

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    9:55 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

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    11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

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    11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Thursday, April 18

    10:35 p.m.

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    10:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10:15 p.m.

  • Friday, April 19

    11 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 20

    11 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

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  • Monday, April 22

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  • Tuesday, April 23

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  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:45 a.m., noon, 3:20 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Friday, April 19

    noon, 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    noon, 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    noon, 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

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The LOT: Liberty Station

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

  • Friday, April 19

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 20

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  • Sunday, April 21

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  • Monday, April 22

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    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

  • Friday, April 19

    11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 20

    11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:45 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:30 a.m., 2:40 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    9:55 p.m.

  • Friday, April 19

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 20

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Monday, April 22

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Friday, April 19

    12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

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    12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

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    12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

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    12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10:15 p.m.

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    11:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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  • Sunday, April 21

    11:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

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    1:05 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:05 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:25 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10:15 p.m.

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    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Monday, April 22

    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:35 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

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

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Friday, April 19

    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    11:45 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Monday, April 22

    1:40 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1:40 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:40 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Thursday, April 18

    10:20 p.m.

  • Friday, April 19

    12:20 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:25 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 20

    12:20 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:25 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 21

    12:20 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:25 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

  • Monday, April 22

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  • Tuesday, April 23

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  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:20 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:25 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Friday, April 19

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

  • Saturday, April 20

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

  • Sunday, April 21

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

Comments

Well after all I guess I was right, you either don't like the comics movie or you just don't understand them at all.

Gosh, I've liked plenty of 'em. But I'm happy to be taught.

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