Coco movie poster

Pixar has dealt in the themes of memory and/or family for so long that it’s a wonder it took them this long to hit upon The Day of the Dead as a setting. A whole holiday dedicated to honoring and remembering your ancestors, complete with the visual splendor of ofrendas covered in flaming orange marigold petals and skeletal Calaveras just waiting to be animated. For narrative drive, they’ve taken a page out of Ratatouille and given us a frustrated artist whose family just doesn’t understand: 12-year-old Miguel, who longs to play guitar like his hero (and also his hometown’s favorite son), Ernesto De La Cruz. Trouble is, he comes from the only family in Mexico that doesn’t like music, due to a rascal four generations back who set out to play for the world and never came home. (Thanks for nothing, ancestors.) When Miguel sets out to follow his hero’s lead and seize his moment, he winds up further from home than he could have imagined: the realm of the dead. And getting back will mean growing up. Not entirely original, but almost entirely delightful, from the fantastical glowing afterlife to the street-dog sidekick to the surprisingly sharp critique of celebrity culture. Lee Unkrich directs. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 13

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

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

4:15pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

7:00pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, December 12

10:30am, 11:25am, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:45pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:45pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Monday, December 11

7:30pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Monday, December 11

7:30pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Monday, December 11

7:45pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

2:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Monday, December 11

9:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, December 11

8:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:00am, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:05pm, 6:15pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

10:45am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 1:55pm, 3:15pm, 4:10pm, 5:45pm, 6:20pm, 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, December 14

10:45am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 1:55pm, 3:15pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, December 12

1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:30pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:30pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 12:40pm, 1:35pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:20pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 12:40pm, 1:35pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:20pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:40pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, December 11

7:25pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:25pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:25pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, December 14

11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:35pm, 2:05pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

LOT

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, December 12

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:40pm, 1:25pm, 2:10pm, 3:05pm, 3:45pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, December 13

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:40pm, 1:25pm, 2:10pm, 3:05pm, 3:45pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, December 14

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:40pm, 1:25pm, 2:10pm, 3:05pm, 3:45pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:05pm

Reading Grossmont Center

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

Monday, December 11

8:00pm, 9:05pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, December 12

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:40pm, 3:00pm, 4:05pm, 5:30pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:05pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, December 13

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:40pm, 3:00pm, 4:05pm, 5:30pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:05pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, December 14

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:40pm, 3:00pm, 4:05pm, 5:30pm, 6:35pm, 8:00pm, 9:05pm, 10:25pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Monday, December 11

8:15pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, December 14

12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:10pm

Regal Escondido

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

Monday, December 11

7:45pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

1:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:50pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

1:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:50pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, December 14

1:10pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, December 11

7:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:35am, 2:10pm, 3:15pm, 4:50pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:35am, 2:10pm, 3:15pm, 4:50pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, December 14

11:30am, 1:55pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 9:05pm, 10:05pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Monday, December 11

7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:25am, 12:25pm, 2:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:25am, 12:25pm, 2:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, December 14

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:20pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

2:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

2:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, December 14

12:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:50pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:50pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:10pm

Thursday, December 14

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:50pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:10pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Monday, December 11

7:30pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

9:15am, 9:45am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 8:15pm, 10:35pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Monday, December 11

7:00pm

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Monday, December 11

8:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, December 14

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

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