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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 Classic River Village 6

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:30pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, February 21

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

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

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

1:10pm, 4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:20pm, 7:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:00pm, 4:20pm, 7:40pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:00am, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:30pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:10pm, 5:10pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 21

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, February 21

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:35pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:05pm, 5:30pm, 7:55pm, 9:05pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:40am, 12:40pm, 3:05pm, 5:30pm, 7:55pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, February 21

10:40am, 12:40pm, 3:05pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 5:45pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:15pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:25pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:25pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:25am, 11:55am, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, February 21

11:15am, 11:45am, 3:10pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

LOT

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:20pm, 5:10pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:30am, 2:20pm, 5:10pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:30am, 2:20pm, 5:10pm, 8:00pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:15am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, February 21

10:15am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 12:45pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:25pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm, 10:45pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, February 21

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

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

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, February 21

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:05pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:15am, 1:15pm, 4:05pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:15am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 4:05pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, February 21

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:55pm, 7:10pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:45pm, 3:55pm, 7:10pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, February 21

12:45pm, 3:55pm, 7:10pm, 10:20pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, February 21

10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm

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