Alita: Battle Angel 3D 0.0 stars

Alita: Battle Angel 3D movie poster

Why did Robert Rodriguez bother giving Rosa Salazar the CG Margaret Keane treatment when Hollywood already had tumescently-eyed young actresses like Anya Taylor-Joy or Bel Powley eager to report for duty? It’s Ex Machina for teenagers when a futuristic sawbones (Christoph Waltz in cruise control) fuses together the upper-torso of a trashed replacement cyborg with the robotic bottom half of his dead daughter to form a lean, mean, metallic-sheened fighting machine. (According to contemporary comic book thinking, the only way a woman can become a man’s equal is if she learns to brawl like one.) The only thing flatter than the dialogue are the 3D effects, topped by a time consuming riff on Rollerball. If you relish spending two hours trapped inside a video game without a controller, knock yourself out. From where I sat, it was an endurance test, an exercise in facing forward and staring at a screen. With: Jennifer Connelly, standing around and looking severe, and a ready-made performance from Mahershala Ali as the blue-eyed villain that’s just bad enough to invalidate this year’s Oscar chances. 2019.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:15pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Tuesday, February 19

3:50pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

3:50pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, February 21

3:50pm, 9:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

1:45pm, 4:10pm, 6:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:10pm, 6:35pm

Thursday, February 21

11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:10pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, February 19

6:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

5:45pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Tuesday, February 19

8:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

8:45pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:45am, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:40pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:40pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, February 21

3:10pm, 9:35pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Tuesday, February 19

4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, February 21

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Wednesday, February 20

1:30pm

Thursday, February 21

1:30pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, February 21

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:35pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, February 21

1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:30pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:55pm, 6:05pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:50am, 2:55pm, 6:05pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, February 21

11:50am, 2:55pm, 6:05pm, 9:15pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:20pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:30am, 2:20pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, February 21

11:30am, 2:20pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:20pm, 6:30pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:30pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, February 21

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:30pm, 9:40pm

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