Alita: Battle Angel An IMAX 3D Experience 0.0 stars

Alita: Battle Angel An IMAX 3D Experience 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 Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:05pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, February 21

12:30pm, 3:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

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

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:05pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:45am, 2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:05pm

Thursday, February 21

10:45am, 2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:05pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:45pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:15pm, 3:45pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

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

Thursday, February 21

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

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