Edge of Tomorrow 2.0 stars

What if you woke up inside a video game? Specifically, what if you had to go through the brutal grind of dying over and over and over again in order to reach your final objective, learning just a little bit more each time before starting again at the beginning? That's the fate of Major William Cage (an expertly used Tom Cruise), a reluctant-soldier who gets caught up in an alien invader's time loop. Writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) handles the concept with aplomb, and he's smart enough to know that the real interest here is what effect this kind of life would have on human relationships. But while he raises the question, he never quite manages an answer. Having gone meta at the outset, the film seems content to slide into First Person Shooter mode for the big finish. Sit still to unlock the secret Summer Blockbuster ending. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Mission Valley

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

Friday, August 1

10:50pm

Saturday, August 2

10:50pm

Sunday, August 3

10:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Friday, August 1

10:30am, 11:20pm

Saturday, August 2

10:05am, 11:20pm

Sunday, August 3

10:05am, 11:20pm

Reading Gaslamp

701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 800-326-3264

Friday, August 1

10:20am, 3:25pm, 8:15pm

Saturday, August 2

10:20am, 3:25pm, 8:15pm

Sunday, August 3

10:20am, 3:25pm, 8:15pm

Monday, August 4

3:25pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, August 5

3:25pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, August 6

3:25pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, August 7

3:25pm, 8:15pm

Regal Mira Mesa

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

Friday, August 1

1:50pm, 7:20pm

Saturday, August 2

1:50pm, 7:20pm

Sunday, August 3

7:20pm

Monday, August 4

1:50pm, 7:20pm

Tuesday, August 5

1:50pm, 7:20pm

Thursday, August 7

1:50pm, 7:20pm

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