Deadpool 2 2.0 stars

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Director David Leitch and star Ryan Reynolds know why you’re here: to hear the merc with a mouth revel in smug-smart impieties (about other characters, about superhero movies, about narrative in general, ad infinitum but not quite ad nauseam) and to watch him kick ass despite enduring mind-blowing (bone-breaking, flesh-rending, blood-spurting) amounts of abuse, thanks to a healing factor that makes him look like Wolverine on steroids (and maybe also meth). And they give it to you. What’s more, they do it with effortless style: instead of seeking to top the over-the-top antics of the first film, they’re content to simply groove with what they’ve already established and just have fun. The result is less exhausting and more entertaining. And speaking of Wolverine, this installment opens with an explosive middle finger aimed at last year’s very fine R-rated superhero story, Logan, then proceeds to riff on its story: a mutant kid in need meets a mutant grownup who needs to help him — for both their sakes. It’s a much stronger pole from which to fly one’s freak flag than the original’s sad-sack pity-party. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Mission Valley

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

Monday, July 16

11:35am, 2:20pm

Tuesday, July 17

12:35pm, 3:35pm

Wednesday, July 18

11:50am, 2:40pm, 5:45pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, July 16

1:30pm, 4:40pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, July 17

2:45pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, July 16

10:50pm

Tuesday, July 17

10:50pm

Wednesday, July 18

10:50pm

Thursday, July 19

10:50pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Monday, July 16

12:45pm, 3:50pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, July 17

12:45pm, 3:50pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, July 18

12:45pm, 3:50pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, July 19

12:45pm, 3:50pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, July 16

4:40pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, July 17

4:40pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, July 18

4:40pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, July 19

4:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, July 16

5:15pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, July 17

5:15pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, July 18

5:15pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, July 19

4:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Monday, July 16

9:50am, 3:30pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, July 17

3:30pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, July 18

3:30pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, July 19

9:50am, 3:30pm

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