The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

How do you know it’s a Disney picture even if you’ve missed the magic castle logo? The protagonist’s mother is dead before the opening credits roll and a mouse shall lead them. Make that King Mouse, a creature made whole only when hundreds of Mickeys stand on each other’s shoulders to form a lean, mean, vermin machine. Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren bring little more than marquee value to justify their paychecks, and it would have been hard to find someone less emotive and more void of humor than star Mackenzie Foy. And yet, maybe see it anyway, for the effects work and production design, both of which are nothing short of spectacular. Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating GIlbert Grape), Disney’s first choice for director, was unavailable when it came time to return for the additional CGI work needed to complete the film. So visual effects doyen Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Captain America: The First Avenger) was contracted for 32 days of reshoots. My biggest regret is not having seen it in 3D. With equal tributes to Leopold Stokowski and Dave Edmunds.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Rated: NR

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:15 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    1:10 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:30 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    11:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    9:20 a.m., noon, 2:35 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

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

AMC Otay Ranch

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10:55 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:25 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

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

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    12:20 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

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

  • Monday, Nov. 19

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

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    noon, 2:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 11 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

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

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    11:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10:45 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:05 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:45 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:05 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10:05 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:25 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    10:25 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10:35 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:35 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    11:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    10 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:10 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10:20 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:20 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    10:20 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:15 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    11:20 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    11:20 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    11:20 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21

    12:30 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 9 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    1:20 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    1:20 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    1:20 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

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

  • Monday, Nov. 19

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

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    12:20 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:40 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    12:20 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:25 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    12:20 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    11 a.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:05 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21

    10:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 22

    10:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    1 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    1 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 17

    10:40 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18

    10 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 19

    10 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20

    10 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:40 p.m.

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