Life movie poster

Okay, so it’s like Alien, in that a bunch of people in space wind up with a smart, deadly xenomorph on board and have to figure out how to stop it. And it’s like Gravity, in that one of those people would rather be melancholy among the stars than miserable on earth. And it’s like The Martian, in that smart scientists are constantly having to innovate and recalculate based on new difficulties. And it’s like Independence Day, in that the critter has tentacles and sort of a rudimentary face. And it’s like Deadpool, in that Ryan Reynolds cracks wise and suffers horribly. What of it? It’s also unlike all of those films, in that director Daniel Espinosa is capably doling out tension over horror, personal sacrifice over personal crises, the limits of intelligence over its glories, animal instinct over alien malice, and genuine, endless darkness over its chuckleheaded imitation. Here is a story that knows how to put the nihilism in the vast nothingness of space. If you’re into that sort of thing. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Fergusun. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside, 760-631-5700 | Directions

Monday, March 27

10:10am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:10am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:10am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

Thursday, March 30

10:10am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

Monday, March 27

4:15pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

4:15pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

4:15pm, 7:00pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, March 27

10:15am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:20pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:15am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:20pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:15am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:20pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm, 10:20pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Monday, March 27

11:45am, 2:35pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:45am, 2:35pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:45am, 2:35pm, 5:10pm, 7:45pm, 10:20pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Sunday, March 26

10:45pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, March 27

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, March 27

10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Sunday, March 26

10:30pm

Monday, March 27

11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

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11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:35am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:35am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:35am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm

Thursday, March 30

11:35am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 10:00pm

Angelika Film Center

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

Monday, March 27

10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, March 30

10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, March 27

11:50am, 12:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:50am, 12:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:45am, 12:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, March 30

11:45am, 12:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Monday, March 27

10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:30am, 2:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:30am, 2:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:50pm

Monday, March 27

10:25am, 12:50pm, 3:20pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:20pm, 9:50pm, 10:50pm

Tuesday, March 28

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Wednesday, March 29

10:25am, 12:50pm, 3:20pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:20pm, 9:50pm, 10:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, March 27

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, March 30

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, March 30

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, March 30

9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm, 10:30pm

Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:40pm

Monday, March 27

10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:55pm, 8:20pm, 10:40pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:55pm, 8:20pm, 10:40pm

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10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:55pm, 8:20pm, 10:40pm

Thursday, March 30

10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:55pm, 8:20pm, 10:40pm

Reading Town Square

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

Sunday, March 26

10:35pm

Monday, March 27

11:20am, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 8:10pm, 9:35pm, 10:35pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:20am, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm, 10:35pm

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11:20am, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 8:10pm, 9:35pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, March 30

11:20am, 1:50pm, 2:50pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Monday, March 27

10:15am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:15am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:15am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, March 30

10:15am, 1:00pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:20pm, 4:25pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:20pm, 4:25pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:20pm, 4:25pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, March 30

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:20pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, March 27

1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, March 30

1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Sunday, March 26

10:15pm

Monday, March 27

11:15am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:15am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:15am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, March 30

11:15am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

11:00pm

Monday, March 27

11:05am, 1:05pm, 2:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 6:55pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:05am, 1:05pm, 2:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 6:55pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:05am, 1:05pm, 2:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 6:55pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Thursday, March 30

11:05am, 1:05pm, 2:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Monday, March 27

12:10pm, 2:50pm, 5:25pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

9:35am, 12:10pm, 2:50pm, 5:25pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

12:10pm, 2:50pm, 5:25pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, March 30

12:10pm, 2:50pm, 5:25pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Sunday, March 26

10:15pm

Monday, March 27

11:25am, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:25am, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:25am, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, March 30

11:25am, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:05pm

Monday, March 27

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, March 30

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:05pm

Comments

davebabb94 March 23, 2017 @ 9:11 p.m.

So, I want to thank the Reader for letting me win 2 tickets to see a packed preview of this film at Edwards Mira Mesa 18 last night. Because I would have been really sorry to pay money to see it. Matthew, your capsule review nailed the director's intent: triumphant nihilism. Raise your hand if you want to see yet another movie about unmentioned God sending the unstoppable destroyer to wipe out humanity (or at least the International Space Station's crew) because of their pride at playing small-g god with a vial of Martian dirt. Jake G brings appealing baleful looks to the film in between being chased around the ISS by the beast the crew created. The other 5 actors are forgettable red-shirts - except Ryan Reynolds playing himself as a janitor in outer space, at one point quite truthfully turning to the camera and saying "I know 4 other guys who can do my job here"... Matthew, did you sense Jake G wanted to play the space psycho loner supporting role ("he's been out here too long) in the early scenes while Ryan R would be the wise-cracking lead before Ryan R realized what a turd this would be and bailed out? I can tell you the big crowd of the preview realized it too; they didn't gasp, cheer or laugh at any of this movie. Except when the first few minutes of the film played silently (broken sound system) and the guy in front of me yelled out, no wonder this is free!

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