Vice 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

Where does skit-assembler Adam McKay (SNL, Anchorman) get off receiving name-above-the-title status? The Big Short wasn’t enough to warrant such an elevation, never mind the Oscar noms (and McKay’s win for adapted screenplay), and this throw-everything-against-the-screen-and-see-what-sticks attempt to mimic Oliver Stone is a giant, self-conscious plunge in the wrong direction. Freeze frames, characters addressing the audience, text emblazoned across the screen, and vaulting camerawork conspire to confirm the obvious: McKay relies on one crutch too many to prop up his narrative, and Dick Cheney is an asshole. Aren’t we tired of actors imitating famous people? Any awards Christian Bale receives should be shared with his makeup effects sculptor, Brian Wade. Only Amy Adams’ Lynne Cheney comes off as more performance than impersonation. Then there’s the film’s narrator (Jesse Plemons), the function and identity of whom will leave you guessing right up until the final fade. The repugnance of the revelation is the one aspect of the film that comes close to mirroring the monstrousness of its clench-jawed subject. As such, it’s appallingly appropriate.

Scott Marks

Length: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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

AMC Fashion Valley

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    11:55 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 18

    11:40 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

    11:40 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Jan. 20

    11:40 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 21

    11:40 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

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

AMC La Jolla

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    2:45 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 18

    1:05 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

    1:05 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:25 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 18

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Jan. 20

    1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 21

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

    10:50 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    11:20 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 18

    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 21

    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

    11:40 a.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:05 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    12:45 p.m.

Cinépolis La Costa

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    12:50 p.m., 4 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    1:35 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    3:20 p.m.

The LOT

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

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

  • Friday, Jan. 18

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

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

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

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

  • Monday, Jan. 21

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

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

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

The LOT: Liberty Station

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

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

  • Friday, Jan. 18

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

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

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

  • Sunday, Jan. 20

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

  • Monday, Jan. 21

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

    11:55 a.m., 2:55 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 8:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

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

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Friday, Jan. 18

    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

    10:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    noon, 3 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

Regal Escondido

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

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

  • Friday, Jan. 18

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

  • Saturday, Jan. 19

    12:35 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • Sunday, Jan. 20

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

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    12:55 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 6:55 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

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

  • Friday, Jan. 18

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

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

  • Sunday, Jan. 20

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

  • Monday, Jan. 21

    3 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 24

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

Regal San Marcos

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

    11:40 a.m., 3:20 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 17

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

Comments

The first hour was fast-paced and right-on-target, but after the faux ending, it takes a noesdive into preaching to the choir, and a kind of bastardization of agit-pop.

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