The Lego Batman Movie 2.0 stars

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Director Chris McCay’s whirlwind romp through The Dark Knight’s universe keeps things kid-friendly by operating from the notion that Batman is a seven-year-old boy, his development arrested by the traumatic experience of losing his parents at a tender age. He doesn’t want to share: he regards his greatest enemy as “rival” good guy Superman instead of actual bad guy The Joker. He’s frightened by his feelings, so much so that he invents “snake clowns” as a more plausible phobia. And when his butler tells him he has to go to a social occasion, he literally rolls on the floor shouting “No,” until he’s reminded that going out means getting to play dress-up. The story is similarly juvenile: a bland affirmation of the importance of working together, and a casual brush-off to the pain of loss. Anything realer, one suspects, might have gotten in the way of the rat-a-tat barrage of gags, jokes, riffs, zingers, etc., wrought by the script’s five(!) authors, to say nothing of the ravishing riot of brick-based set design. It may look like a children’s movie, but it feels like it’s aimed at Mommy and (more likely) Daddy. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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

Monday, March 27

11:15am, 2:05pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:15am, 2:05pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:15am, 2:05pm

Thursday, March 30

11:15am, 2:05pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, March 27

10:20am, 1:10pm, 4:00pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:20am, 1:10pm, 4:00pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:20am, 1:10pm, 4:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, March 27

10:35am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:35am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

12:10pm, 2:45pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Monday, March 27

12:15pm, 3:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

12:15pm, 3:15pm

Wednesday, March 29

12:15pm, 3:15pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Monday, March 27

10:40am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:40am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:40am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:05pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Monday, March 27

10:40am, 1:25pm, 7:05pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:40am, 1:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:40am, 1:25pm, 7:05pm

Thursday, March 30

10:40am, 1:25pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Monday, March 27

10:45am, 1:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:45am, 1:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:45am, 1:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, March 27

11:15am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:50pm, 6:55pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:15am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:50pm, 6:55pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:15am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:50pm, 6:55pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, March 30

11:15am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:50pm, 6:55pm, 9:15pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Monday, March 27

11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:25pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:25pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:25pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, March 27

11:15am, 1:30pm, 5:20pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:15am, 1:30pm, 5:20pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:15am, 1:30pm, 5:20pm

Thursday, March 30

11:15am, 1:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Sunday, March 26

10:15pm

Monday, March 27

12:40pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

12:40pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, March 29

12:40pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, March 30

12:40pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, March 27

1:05pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:05pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:05pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, March 30

1:05pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, March 27

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

Tuesday, March 28

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

Wednesday, March 29

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

Thursday, March 30

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Sunday, March 26

10:30pm

Monday, March 27

11:15am, 1:50pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:15am, 1:50pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:15am, 1:50pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, March 30

11:15am, 1:50pm, 10:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Monday, March 27

1:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, March 30

1:45pm, 4:15pm, 9:55pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Sunday, March 26

10:45pm

Monday, March 27

1:20pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:20pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:20pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, March 30

1:20pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 10:45pm

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