Get Out movie poster

Cultural appropriation shifts from “problematic” to “horrific” in writer-director Jordan Peele’s sharp take on the scary world of stuff white people like — starting with the “total privacy” of isolated country estates, like the one black photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) visits with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) on a meet-the-parents weekend. (On the drive up from the city, the car hits a deer, and when Washington goes to check the body, there’s a telling shot of his foot leaving the asphalt and stepping into wilderness.) The jigsaw-tight structure is that of conventional horror done right — mercifully light on jump scares (instead opting for a number of disturbing reveals via moving camera) and mostly smart about mechanics. (Why go walking through a dark house in the middle of the night? Because you’re trying to sneak a cigarette, away from your disapproving girlfriend and her even more disapproving family.) And layered atop that structure is a squirmingly funny portrayal of tortured race relations, even among people of ostensibly good will. It’s not subtle, but it is clever, and besides, this is a horror movie — one in which the black guy is determined not to die. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, April 25

11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:50pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, April 26

11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:50pm, 9:30pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, April 25

4:55pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, April 26

10:00pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, April 25

10:55am, 1:40pm, 4:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, April 26

10:55am, 1:40pm, 4:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, April 25

1:10pm, 4:05pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, April 26

4:45pm, 7:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, April 25

11:20am, 1:25pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm, 8:15pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, April 26

11:20am, 1:25pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm, 8:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, April 27

11:20am, 1:25pm, 3:35pm, 5:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, April 25

11:35am, 2:25pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm, 10:40pm

Wednesday, April 26

11:35am, 2:25pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, April 27

11:35am, 2:25pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm, 11:05pm

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469 | Directions

Tuesday, April 25

8:20pm

Wednesday, April 26

8:20pm

Thursday, April 27

8:20pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Tuesday, April 25

1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, April 26

1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, April 27

1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Tuesday, April 25

11:05am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, April 26

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, April 27

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

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