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Synopsis

Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele is a smart, ambitious, skilled filmmaker. All three qualities are on display in his second effort — the story of a vacationing family whose members find themselves set upon by scissor-wielding doppelgängers — but that doesn’t quite make it a successful film. The final reveal feels too clever by half, the sort of thing that makes things less compelling upon further consideration instead of more. There are perhaps two or three themes too many — divine punishment, the divided self, our divided nation, even scientific overreach — for a film that is this heavy on fights and chases. And while it’s delightful to get clues as to what lies ahead from the opening shot — a commercial for Hands Across America to end hunger playing on a TV flanked by VHS tapes for C.H.U.D., Goonies, and A Nightmare on Elm Street — the symbolism eventually starts to feel intrusive, even academic. The result is bloody but weirdly bloodless, a sort of thinky exercise in horror filmmaking. There’s more juice in the laughs here than the scares, from the goofy way the “shadow people” parody their exemplars, to the groanworthy gag involving a botched Smart Home command. Still, there are exceptions: Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss do fine, unnerving work in both their regular and irregular incarnations. Overall, it gives the impression of being a thoughtful crowd-pleaser, a combination which should be more than enough to grant Peele another shot at this sort of thing if he wants one.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    12:20 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    12:20 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Monday, April 22

    6:55 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    7:25 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    6:55 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:50 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

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

  • Monday, April 22

    6 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    6 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    6 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

    4:40 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

    7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    7:30 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:20 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:20 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11:20 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:20 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 25

    11 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

  • Monday, April 22

    6:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Monday, April 22

    7:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    7:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    7:25 p.m., 10:10 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Monday, April 22

    10:20 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    7:30 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    7:55 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

The LOT: Liberty Station

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

  • Thursday, April 25

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

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Monday, April 22

    3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

Regal Escondido

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11:50 a.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11:50 a.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

  • Thursday, April 25

    12:55 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Monday, April 22

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

  • Tuesday, April 23

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

  • Wednesday, April 24

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

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Monday, April 22

    4:45 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    1:50 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 24

    1:50 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

South Bay Drive In

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

  • Monday, April 22

    10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    10:45 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Monday, April 22

    5 p.m., 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 23

    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.

Comments

i'm just curious what kind of movies you like?, because it seems you just like to give 1/5 ratings to any kind of movie!

Just last week I gave three stars to Transit, and four to Birds of Passage. But it's been a pretty rough 2019 so far, it's true.

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