Cars 3 movie poster

“It’s a kids’ movie!” Well, no, not quite, not when the theme is middle-aged obsolescence and finding meaning beyond personal achievement. Not when the unhappy fate that horrifies star racecar Lightning McQueen is forced retirement and transformation into a brand. And definitely not when more effort shows in the photorealistic depiction of grass and dirt than in the voice acting and wit. Such things are not the stuff of childhood. But you’d be forgiven for thinking it was, what with the picture-book baldness of the dialogue, the goofy action at a demolition derby, and the toyish, squishy look of the automotive characters amid all those exquisitely sharp-edged backgrounds. (Oh, that cross-country drive…) But then again, maybe it’s only the middle-aged men in attendance who will think of McQueen as the star, even as they wonder why they don’t feel a thing. Onscreen and in the audience, youth will be served. Brian Fee directs. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:05am, 12:40pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, June 29

10:05am, 12:40pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 9:00pm

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Wednesday, June 28

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

AMC La Jolla

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:50pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, June 29

11:00am, 12:55pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:45am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:15am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Wednesday, June 28

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

AMC Temecula 10

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:00am, 12:40pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, June 29

10:00am, 12:40pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Friday, June 30

10:00am, 12:40pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:55pm, 2:40pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, June 29

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:55pm, 2:40pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Friday, June 30

10:45am, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

Saturday, July 1

10:45am, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

Sunday, July 2

10:45am, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

Monday, July 3

11:45am, 2:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, July 4

11:45am, 2:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, July 5

11:45am, 2:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, June 29

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Friday, June 30

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Saturday, July 1

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, July 2

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Monday, July 3

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, July 4

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, July 5

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Wednesday, June 28

9:50am, 10:45am, 11:25am, 12:50pm, 1:25pm, 2:05pm, 3:40pm, 4:10pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm, 9:50pm, 11:10pm

Thursday, June 29

9:50am, 10:20am, 11:25am, 12:50pm, 12:55pm, 2:05pm, 3:25pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 8:40pm, 9:50pm, 11:10pm

Friday, June 30

9:40am, 11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, July 1

9:40am, 11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, July 2

9:40am, 11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Monday, July 3

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, July 4

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, July 5

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:45am, 2:25pm, 5:00pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, June 29

10:45am, 1:20pm, 5:00pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

LOT

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

Wednesday, June 28

9:30am, 11:30am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, June 29

9:30am, 11:30am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Wednesday, June 28

9:00am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, June 29

9:00am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Friday, June 30

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, July 1

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, July 2

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Monday, July 3

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, July 4

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, July 5

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, July 6

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Reading Grossmont Center

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:10am, 11:30am, 12:35pm, 2:05pm, 3:00pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, June 29

10:10am, 11:30am, 12:35pm, 2:05pm, 3:00pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:40pm

Friday, June 30

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Saturday, July 1

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, July 2

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Monday, July 3

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, July 4

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, July 5

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, July 6

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:15pm

Reading Town Square

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm, 10:40pm

Thursday, June 29

11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:05pm, 8:15pm, 9:35pm, 10:40pm

Friday, June 30

10:20am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Saturday, July 1

10:20am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Sunday, July 2

10:20am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Monday, July 3

10:20am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Tuesday, July 4

10:20am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Wednesday, July 5

11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 8:15pm, 10:40pm

Thursday, July 6

11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, June 29

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm

Regal Escondido

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

Wednesday, June 28

11:00am, 12:45pm, 1:50pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:40pm, 10:40pm

Thursday, June 29

11:00am, 12:45pm, 1:50pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:40pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Wednesday, June 28

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, June 29

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:00am, 11:30am, 12:50pm, 2:20pm, 3:40pm, 5:10pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm

Thursday, June 29

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:50pm, 2:20pm, 3:40pm, 6:30pm, 9:20pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:15am, 11:00am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:20pm, 5:10pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, June 29

10:15am, 11:00am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:20pm, 5:10pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 9:40pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, June 29

10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:30am, 11:00am, 12:50pm, 1:20pm, 1:50pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, June 29

10:30am, 11:00am, 12:50pm, 1:20pm, 1:50pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Wednesday, June 28

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, June 29

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Wednesday, June 28

1:40pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, June 29

1:40pm, 7:00pm

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Wednesday, June 28

2:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, June 29

2:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

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