The Lion King 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

The trouble with Jon Favreau’s “photo-real” — as opposed to “live action” — remake of the studio’s animated super-smash hit is there right at the outset, in the shot-for-shot copy of the opening scene. As the sun rises over the African plains, all the animals who inhabit the pride lands gather at the base of an enormous rock outcropping to pay homage to their future king: Simba, the leonine son of Mufasa and Sarabi. On the one hand, it’s impressive as all get out: gosh, but the animals look real. On the other, why on earth are a bunch of real animals celebrating the birth of a new apex predator? Huzzah, a new pair of murderous jaws! Which one of us will be lucky enough to provide his first fleshy meal? Yes, yes, the question of eating your subjects came up in the animated version, but here’s the genius of animation: it provides just enough of a remove from reality to make the notion of the hunted welcoming the hunter easier to…swallow. Here and elsewhere, the move to live-action becomes a net loss. As for the rest of it, I can’t imagine that I’m the first critic to have seen this story and found his thoughts drifting to that other Africa remake: Weezer’s cover of the Toto top 40 hit. People liked it, but I’m convinced they liked it because they liked Weezer, and because they knew the song already, and because it went down easy — not because it added anything worthwhile, or brought any fresh interpretation to the material. By this point, Disney’s do-overs feel a lot like their cash-grabby, inspiration-free ‘90s direct-to-video sequels, only with vastly better production values.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Rated: PG

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Showtimes

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

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

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

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

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21

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

AMC Fashion Valley

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

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    5:05 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Aug. 19

    11:35 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

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    6:30 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

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    1:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

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

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    1:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

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    5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:35 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:35 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:35 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

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

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

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    4:10 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

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    1:05 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 6:50 p.m.

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    4:10 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

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

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

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AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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AMC Temecula 10

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

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Angelika Film Center & Café

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

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ArcLight La Jolla

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

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Cinépolis Del Mar

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

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Cinépolis La Costa

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

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

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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The LOT

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

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

The LOT: Liberty Station

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

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

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

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

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

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    10:30 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    10 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

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    6:50 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

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    10:30 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

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    10:30 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

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Regal Escondido

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

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Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

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Regal Parkway Plaza

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

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Regal Rancho del Rey

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

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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

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Regal San Marcos

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

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Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee. 619-448-7447

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South Bay Drive In

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

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Comments

Day-um, Lick, look how many screenings! No wonder it will make a mint!!!

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