If David Lynch couldn’t make heads or tails of Frank Herbert’s famously unfilmable novel, what was it about Denis Villeneuve that pegged him as the visionary needed to tame the 412-page beast? Sure, he did a splendid job of piloting the equally indomitable sequel to Blade Runner, but this time around, the future’s not looking bright. Herbert’s sci-fi touchstone posited a spice as the most valuable commodity in the universe. From the look of things, I’m guessing color placed a close second. Somewhere between 2049 and 10191, the year in which Dune is set, it seems that Villeneuve lost the recipe for pigmentation. Everything about this production is colorless. To say it’s not an actor’s film is an understatement. Other than Stellan Skarsgård’s Jabba-rrific Baron, there’s not a memorable performance on view, least of all Timothée Chalamet's youthful hero. The point of his chin tucked hard against his windpipe prompts a ubiquitous downward-tilt of the forehead, like Bronte’s tortured Heathcliff posing for a Vanity Fair layout. A sequel is in the works, but I’m done with Dune. (2021) — Scott Marks

Rated PG-13 | 2 hours, 35 minutes
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AMC Fashion Valley
7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
3:45pm, 7:20pm
Friday, December 3
2:45pm, 6:10pm, 9:35pm
Saturday, December 4
2:45pm, 6:10pm, 9:35pm
Sunday, December 5
2:45pm, 6:10pm, 9:35pm
Monday, December 6
5:15pm, 8:40pm
Tuesday, December 7
5:15pm, 8:40pm
Wednesday, December 8
5:15pm, 8:40pm
AMC La Jolla
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
8:00pm
AMC Mission Valley
1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
3:20pm, 6:40pm
Friday, December 3
2:40pm, 6:05pm
Saturday, December 4
2:40pm, 6:05pm
Sunday, December 5
11:10am, 2:40pm, 6:05pm
Monday, December 6
5:05pm, 8:50pm
Tuesday, December 7
5:05pm, 8:50pm
Wednesday, December 8
2:30pm, 8:45pm
Angelika Film Center and Café
11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
9:05pm
Cinépolis Del Mar
12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions
Friday, December 3
3:00pm, 6:45pm
Saturday, December 4
3:00pm, 6:45pm
Sunday, December 5
3:00pm, 6:45pm
Monday, December 6
6:45pm
Tuesday, December 7
6:45pm
Wednesday, December 8
3:15pm
Cinépolis La Costa
6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions
Friday, December 3
1:00pm, 5:30pm
Saturday, December 4
1:00pm, 5:30pm
Sunday, December 5
1:00pm, 5:30pm
Monday, December 6
5:30pm
Tuesday, December 7
5:30pm
Wednesday, December 8
5:30pm
Cinépolis Vista
25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions
Friday, December 3
2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:40pm
Saturday, December 4
11:20am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:40pm
Sunday, December 5
11:20am, 2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:40pm
Monday, December 6
4:50pm, 8:20pm
Tuesday, December 7
4:50pm, 8:20pm
Wednesday, December 8
4:05pm, 9:10pm
Edwards Mira Mesa
10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
11:15am, 6:15pm
Friday, December 3
10:00pm
Saturday, December 4
10:05pm
Sunday, December 5
10:00pm
Regal Carlsbad 12
2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
3:10pm, 9:40pm
Friday, December 3
6:00pm, 9:30pm
Saturday, December 4
6:00pm, 9:30pm
Sunday, December 5
6:05pm, 9:35pm
Monday, December 6
6:00pm, 9:30pm
Tuesday, December 7
6:00pm, 9:30pm
Wednesday, December 8
6:00pm, 9:30pm
Thursday, December 9
9:30pm
Regal Oceanside
401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
2:55pm, 6:35pm
Regal Parkway Plaza
405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
9:00pm
Regal Rancho San Diego
2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions
Thursday, December 2
2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm
Friday, December 3
2:25pm, 5:55pm, 9:25pm
Saturday, December 4
10:20am, 1:50pm, 5:20pm, 8:50pm
Sunday, December 5
10:20am, 1:50pm, 5:20pm, 8:50pm
Monday, December 6
2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 7
2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm
Wednesday, December 8
2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm
Thursday, December 9
2:00pm, 5:30pm, 9:00pm
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