The Goldfinch 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

The title refers to a painting, but the subtitle —The Story of a Stolen Life — has to do with protagonist Theodore Decker, a child (and later in the film, a young man) whose development is arrested by the death of his mother in an explosion. And by his father’s prior abandonment and subsequent exploitative return, post-blowup. And by the departure of his soulmate. And by a friend who tips him to the glories of prepubescent drug trips. And, and, and. What’s odd in John Crowley’s exceedingly handsome, narratively jumbled, erratically acted adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel is how little any of this admittedly horrific suffering makes its way into the viewer’s heart. The film opened with Decker readying to end his own life in an Amsterdam hotel room, and by the time the story circled back to that point, I was strangely sanguine. Yes, I suppose it makes sense for this fellow to be checking out at this point... There are ideas at work here, about providence and salvation (or at least their secular counterparts, coincidence and rescue), about civilization and the worthwhile work of preserving it, and about defining moments and our response to them. But there isn’t much of a movie.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 29 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:30 a.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    3 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    1 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

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

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    1:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    9:55 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    9:35 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    9:35 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    10:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

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

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

Cinépolis La Costa

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    10:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:30 a.m., 3:05 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:30 a.m., 3:05 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:50 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    noon, 1:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    2 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    noon, 3:25 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    noon, 3:25 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    10:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10:25 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:40 a.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    1:20 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    1:20 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:35 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:35 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    noon, 3:15 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    noon, 3:15 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    11:30 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    11:30 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

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

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

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

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-437-6161

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18

    1:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    1:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:05 p.m.

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