Blade Runner 2049 2.0 stars

Blade Runner 2049 movie poster

Director Denis Villeneuve’s gorgeous, gargantuan sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 neon-noir about what happens when humanity creates its own superior. People are notoriously fragile, fickle things; if we go giving intelligence to something more durable and dependable, what do we have left to brag about? The answer, this time around: the “animal” part of “man is a rational animal.” For all their virtue and verisimilitude, it seems that replicants can’t replicate — or can they? Tough yet tender cop Ryan Gosling gets put on the trail of a supposed miracle baby, and while his boss just wants to preserve order by keeping a clear distinction between Us and Them, the people behind Them seem to think that gestation is somehow a more efficient form of production than manufacture. It ain’t much of a premise, but it’s enough to frame a detective story with multiple interested parties, one that takes Gosling from one stunning landscape or interior to another, and puts him through the wringer in most of them. (At least he has a digital girlfriend for company and consolation.) It’s great to look at, a little less great to listen to, and a lot less great to think about, in matters both big and small. (Why should birth be the essential mark of personal dignity? Why keep your interrogation tools off-world? Why leave your rival alive when you’ve already killed his boss? Why do things created without freedom stop obeying? As one replicant notes, “I wasn’t aware that was an option.” Etc.) These sorts of things occur during a 163-minute movie that might have fit into 130. Still, there’s a frisson in seeing fecundity exalted in a world bent on selling pleasure-sex. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Thursday, October 19

6:45pm

Friday, October 20

3:45pm, 6:45pm

Saturday, October 21

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

Sunday, October 22

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm

Monday, October 23

6:45pm

Tuesday, October 24

3:45pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, October 25

6:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:00pm, 10:00pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:00pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:30pm

Thursday, October 19

1:00pm, 4:45pm, 9:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:15pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Thursday, October 19

3:30pm, 7:00pm

Friday, October 20

3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Thursday, October 19

3:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:55pm

Angelika Film Center

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:30pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, October 19

10:45am, 11:45am, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:50pm, 6:50pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

Friday, October 20

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Saturday, October 21

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, October 22

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Monday, October 23

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, October 26

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:50pm, 10:20pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Thursday, October 19

10:45am, 11:35am, 2:00pm, 3:45pm, 5:10pm, 8:20pm, 11:30pm

Friday, October 20

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:55pm

Saturday, October 21

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:55pm

Sunday, October 22

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Monday, October 23

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:35am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, October 26

11:35am, 2:40pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Thursday, October 19

12:45pm, 4:30pm, 8:15pm

Friday, October 20

12:15pm, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, October 21

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

Sunday, October 22

11:30am, 1:15pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm

Monday, October 23

1:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, October 24

1:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

1:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Thursday, October 19

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Friday, October 20

11:00am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 10:15pm

Saturday, October 21

11:00am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 10:15pm

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11:00am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

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12:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:45pm, 3:15pm, 10:00pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:30pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, October 19

11:40am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 3:05pm, 3:35pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Friday, October 20

12:10pm, 3:35pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, October 21

12:10pm, 3:35pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, October 22

12:10pm, 3:35pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

Monday, October 23

11:55am, 3:20pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:55am, 3:20pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:55am, 3:20pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Thursday, October 19

12:00pm, 7:10pm

Friday, October 20

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Saturday, October 21

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Monday, October 23

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, October 26

12:00pm, 7:00pm

LOT

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

Thursday, October 19

11:45am, 1:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Friday, October 20

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm, 11:00pm

Saturday, October 21

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm, 11:00pm

Sunday, October 22

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm

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11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm

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11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, October 25

10:55am, 2:25pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, October 26

11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Wednesday, October 18

10:15pm

Thursday, October 19

11:00am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm

Friday, October 20

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, October 21

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, October 22

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Monday, October 23

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, October 26

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Wednesday, October 18

10:15pm

Thursday, October 19

10:15am, 11:00am, 1:40pm, 3:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:55pm, 8:20pm, 10:15pm

Friday, October 20

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Saturday, October 21

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Sunday, October 22

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Monday, October 23

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:40am, 3:05pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, October 26

11:40am, 3:05pm

Reading Grossmont Center

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:20pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, October 19

10:50am, 11:55am, 2:20pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm, 7:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

Friday, October 20

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Saturday, October 21

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, October 22

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Monday, October 23

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, October 26

11:50am, 3:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:20pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:00pm

Thursday, October 19

12:00pm, 3:45pm, 9:00pm

Friday, October 20

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Saturday, October 21

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Sunday, October 22

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Monday, October 23

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, October 26

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 8:00pm

Regal Escondido

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

Thursday, October 19

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Friday, October 20

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Saturday, October 21

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Sunday, October 22

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Monday, October 23

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, October 26

12:00pm, 7:00pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Thursday, October 19

12:55pm, 3:30pm, 7:15pm

Friday, October 20

12:55pm, 4:25pm, 6:55pm, 9:30pm

Saturday, October 21

12:55pm, 4:25pm, 6:55pm, 9:30pm

Sunday, October 22

12:55pm, 4:25pm, 6:55pm

Monday, October 23

1:05pm, 4:30pm, 8:10pm

Tuesday, October 24

1:05pm, 4:30pm, 8:10pm

Wednesday, October 25

1:05pm, 4:30pm, 8:10pm

Thursday, October 26

1:05pm, 4:30pm, 8:10pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Thursday, October 19

12:00pm, 4:00pm, 8:00pm

Friday, October 20

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Saturday, October 21

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Sunday, October 22

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Monday, October 23

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, October 25

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, October 26

11:35am, 2:25pm, 6:10pm, 9:45pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Thursday, October 19

12:50pm, 4:30pm, 8:15pm

Friday, October 20

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Saturday, October 21

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Sunday, October 22

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Monday, October 23

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, October 26

12:50pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, October 18

9:00pm

Thursday, October 19

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

Friday, October 20

11:20am, 3:00pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, October 21

11:20am, 3:00pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, October 22

11:20am, 3:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:10pm

Monday, October 23

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

Tuesday, October 24

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

Wednesday, October 25

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

Thursday, October 26

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

Regal San Marcos

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

Thursday, October 19

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:30pm

Friday, October 20

11:30am, 3:10pm, 6:50pm, 10:25pm

Saturday, October 21

11:30am, 3:10pm, 6:50pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, October 22

11:55am, 3:50pm, 7:45pm

Monday, October 23

1:10pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, October 24

1:10pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, October 25

1:10pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, October 26

1:10pm, 4:50pm, 8:30pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Thursday, October 19

11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:30pm

Friday, October 20

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, October 21

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, October 22

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, October 23

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 24

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 25

10:00am, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, October 26

11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Thursday, October 19

1:00pm, 7:00pm

Friday, October 20

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Saturday, October 21

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Sunday, October 22

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Monday, October 23

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Tuesday, October 24

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Wednesday, October 25

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Thursday, October 26

12:55pm, 6:40pm

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions

Thursday, October 19

2:45pm, 7:45pm

Friday, October 20

2:45pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, October 21

2:45pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, October 22

2:45pm, 7:30pm

Monday, October 23

2:45pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, October 24

2:45pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, October 26

2:45pm, 7:30pm

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