The Boss Baby 3.0 stars

Boss Baby movie poster

Surprise! Dreamworks’ latest is not simply an exercise in sticking Alec Baldwin’s Scotch-mellowed tycoon’s rasp in the mouth of a CGI infant and chuckling at the juxtaposition. Instead, this story of a boy’s troubles when his baby brother arrives serves as a rousing defense of familial love as a good that can’t be commodified, and the family itself as a community that can’t be corporatized. Most magical of all, it’s a celebration of childhood imagination — that old-fashioned force that imbues ordinary life with extraordinary significance and wonder, all without the benefit of any sort of digital device. (It’s telling that the parents’ cameras are old-style, and even The Boss Baby’s hotline to headquarters is a corded, rotary toy.) Director Tom McGrath has the good sense to treat all this serious stuff with the lightest of touches, instead guiding the kiddies in the audience to focus on a battle between puppies and babies for human affection, the grown-ups on Baldwin’s quippery, and everybody on the oft-crossed line between fantasy and reality in the mind’s eye of a child. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

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4:30pm

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4:30pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

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AMC La Jolla

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AMC Mission Valley

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AMC Otay Ranch

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AMC Palm Promenade

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

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ArcLight La Jolla

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Cinépolis Del Mar

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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LOT

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LOT: Liberty Station

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

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Reading Grossmont Center

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

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Reading Town Square

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

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Regal Carlsbad 12

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

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Regal Escondido

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

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

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Regal Parkway Plaza

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

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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

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Regal San Marcos

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

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United Artists Horton Plaza

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

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