Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) 1.0 stars

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) movie poster

A power outage during a wedding celebration lasts just long enough for one of the guests (Carla Campra) to be abducted (and later held for ransom) while Paco (Javier Bardem) fetches a generator. Given the paucity of visual information and/or character backstory that’s doled out during the 20 minutes that opens the picture, Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman) could just as easily have dispensed with the drawn out nuptials, cut directly to the kidnapping, and the film wouldn’t have suffered a bit. And why make it a whodunit with everybody in the audience knowing precisely where this is going right up until the identity of the kidnappers is revealed, a move that nobody saw coming? Family secrets are revealed, but not enough to keep audiences from nodding off. Strip away the formidable cast (Penelope Cruz, Bardem, and Ricardo Darin aka Latin America’s golden triumvirate), and all that remains is complexly-plotted conventionality. 2018.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, March 19

10:30am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm, 11:00pm

Wednesday, March 20

1:45pm, 5:00pm, 8:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, March 19

11:20am, 5:00pm

Wednesday, March 20

11:20am, 5:00pm

Thursday, March 21

11:20am, 4:45pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Tuesday, March 19

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, March 20

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, March 21

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:50pm

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Tuesday, March 19

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

Wednesday, March 20

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

Thursday, March 21

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

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