Free Fire movie poster

A hearty “Suck on this!” prefaces a shooting in Ben Wheatley’s new film — an homage to Travis Bickle that even Helen Keller could make out. Martin Scorsese recently confessed that He no longer wastes time watching meaningless, image-free multiplex fodder, but that didn’t stop Him from taking a producer’s credit on this piece of plagiaristic slag. Here’s the gimmick: anchored in a vacant warehouse, a pair of rival gangs participate in a feature-length shootout. Cornfed curse words fuel a script that doesn’t amount to much more than a hateful snatch of Tarantino’s set-bound posturing, spiked with a blend of pre-Madonna, semi-intelligible Guy Ritchie oddballs. In her second performance since taking home an Oscar, Brie Larson again falls short of the dramatic shading needed to make her part work — making this and Kong: Skull Island little more than well-paid walkthroughs. Sharlto Copley, meanwhile, continues to let his period costuming and clenched dialect do most of heavy lifting. 2016.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

4:20pm

Monday, May 1

4:35pm

Tuesday, May 2

4:35pm

Wednesday, May 3

4:35pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Sunday, April 30

4:40pm, 6:55pm, 9:20pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

9:00pm

Monday, May 1

7:45pm

Tuesday, May 2

7:45pm

Wednesday, May 3

7:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

4:50pm

Monday, May 1

1:30pm

Tuesday, May 2

1:30pm

Wednesday, May 3

1:15pm, 3:35pm

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

10:40am, 9:40pm

Monday, May 1

10:40am

Tuesday, May 2

10:40am

Wednesday, May 3

10:40am

Thursday, May 4

10:40am

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Sunday, April 30

11:05am, 1:20pm, 6:10pm

Monday, May 1

11:05am, 1:20pm, 6:10pm

Tuesday, May 2

11:05am, 1:20pm, 6:10pm

Wednesday, May 3

11:05am, 1:20pm, 6:10pm

Thursday, May 4

11:05am, 1:20pm, 6:10pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:30pm

Monday, May 1

6:45pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, May 2

9:15pm

Wednesday, May 3

6:45pm, 9:15pm

Reading Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Sunday, April 30

10:20pm

Monday, May 1

10:20pm

Tuesday, May 2

10:20pm

Wednesday, May 3

10:20pm

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