Room movie poster

A cowardly movie about brave people. Part one is heartrendingly human, bordering on wise: a considered portrait of motherly love under extreme duress. To wit: Ma (Brie Larson) is both captive and sexual slave to a dim Midwestern monster, trapped in a soundproofed shed with a son (Jacob Tremblay) who has never seen the world outside. (Well, except on TV.) Wonderfully and believably, she gives the boy a life, an education, a cosmology, and a family; what is more, she manages to shield him from the horror of her own situation. It's only when the boy's innocence is threatened that she resolves to set him free. (Spoilers, of a sort, to follow.) Free him she does, and that's when the film loses its nerve, transforming from an unflinching look at love amid suffering into an embarrassing bout of wishful thinking. It makes sense for Ma to fall apart once the ordeal is over. But it does not make sense — psychologically, developmentally, but above all, narratively — for an anger-prone child whose entire, largely happy world has been ripped asunder to magically become both moppet and angel of salvation. #DiscoverYourFantasy. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank). 2015.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

Angelika Film Center

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

Saturday, February 6

5:45pm, 8:10pm

Sunday, February 7

5:45pm, 8:10pm

Monday, February 8

5:45pm, 8:10pm

Tuesday, February 9

5:45pm, 8:10pm

Wednesday, February 10

5:45pm, 8:10pm

Thursday, February 11

5:45pm, 8:10pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Saturday, February 6

2:25pm

Sunday, February 7

2:25pm

Monday, February 8

4:35pm

Tuesday, February 9

4:35pm

Wednesday, February 10

4:35pm

Krikorian Vista Village

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

Saturday, February 6

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

Sunday, February 7

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

Monday, February 8

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

Tuesday, February 9

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

Wednesday, February 10

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

Thursday, February 11

11:45am, 4:45pm, 7:25pm

La Paloma

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

Saturday, February 6

3:30pm

Sunday, February 7

3:30pm

Monday, February 8

3:00pm

Tuesday, February 9

3:00pm

Wednesday, February 10

3:00pm

LOT

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

Saturday, February 6

5:15pm

Monday, February 8

9:15am

Tuesday, February 9

9:15am

Wednesday, February 10

9:15am

Thursday, February 11

9:15am

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Saturday, February 6

1:30pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, February 7

1:30pm, 7:30pm

Monday, February 8

1:30pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, February 9

1:30pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 10

1:30pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, February 11

1:30pm

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