Frozen II movie poster

Let’s start with the biggest and happiest surprise about Disney’s followup to what was, before the Lion King remake, the biggest animated film ever: Olaf the Snowman is considerably funnier and more useful to the story this time ‘round. His ridiculous recounting of the first film’s events to some folks who need catching up is a meta delight, in contrast to the studio’s usual self-commentary — and this installment’s own jab at its use of a super-creepy, sleep-killing lullaby as story setup. Other positives: Elsa’s ice powers make for some spectacular visuals, and the animators have outdone themselves when it comes to depicting water. (Speaking of which: the invocation of Travis Bickle’s "real rain" — the sort that will wash not only the scum off the streets but the streets themselves off the face of the earth, along with the stain of original sin that made those streets possible — in an all-ages film is gutsy, if nothing else.) But it’s not much gain against a good deal of loss. The tension between Elsa and her sister Anna this time around is…unconvincing, as it has less to do with “Don’t shut me out,” and more to do with, “Where I am going, you cannot follow.” The story, which concerns a disturbance in the elemental spirits and a mystery in a misty wood, is both dragged out overall and rushed through in crucial moments to the point of neglect. And the songs range from underwhelming (“Into the Unknown”) to cringingly silly (“Lost in the Woods”). Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Tuesday, December 10

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

Wednesday, December 11

4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, December 10

11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, December 10

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

Wednesday, December 11

2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, December 10

3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 11

3:15pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, December 10

1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, December 10

1:00pm, 3:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 8:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

1:00pm, 3:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 8:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, December 10

1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

1:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, December 10

12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Tuesday, December 10

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

Wednesday, December 11

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

Angelika Film Center and Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Monday, December 9

10:15pm

Tuesday, December 10

9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:25pm, 2:55pm, 3:25pm, 4:50pm, 5:20pm, 5:50pm, 7:15pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, December 11

9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:25pm, 2:55pm, 3:25pm, 4:50pm, 5:20pm, 5:50pm, 7:15pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:40pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, December 12

9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:25pm, 2:55pm, 3:25pm, 4:50pm, 5:20pm, 5:50pm, 7:15pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:40pm, 10:15pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, December 10

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:50pm, 5:35pm, 7:00pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, December 11

10:00am, 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:50pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:20pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, December 10

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:20pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:30am, 11:45am, 2:00pm, 2:15pm, 2:50pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Monday, December 9

10:15pm

Tuesday, December 10

11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Tuesday, December 10

10:30am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 1:20pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 3:50pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

10:30am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 11:40am, 1:00pm, 1:20pm, 1:45pm, 2:10pm, 3:30pm, 3:50pm, 4:15pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:40pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:15pm, 10:30pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, December 9

10:30pm

Tuesday, December 10

11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:25pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:25pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, December 12

11:30am, 12:30pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:35pm, 7:45pm, 8:25pm, 10:30pm

LOT

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

Tuesday, December 10

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

Wednesday, December 11

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm

Thursday, December 12

11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Tuesday, December 10

3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 11

10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, December 12

10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Tuesday, December 10

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, December 12

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:30pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:10pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Monday, December 9

10:10pm

Tuesday, December 10

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:35pm, 1:25pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:40pm, 9:20pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, December 11

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:35pm, 1:25pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:40pm, 9:20pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, December 12

10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:35pm, 1:25pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:40pm, 5:20pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:40pm, 9:20pm, 10:10pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Monday, December 9

10:15pm

Tuesday, December 10

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, December 11

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, December 12

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:25pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, December 10

12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, December 11

12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, December 12

12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:25pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, December 10

1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 11

1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, December 12

1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, December 10

11:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:15pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, December 12

11:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 1:55pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:45pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, December 10

11:35am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:10pm, 3:00pm, 3:50pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:40pm, 8:45pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:00am

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, December 10

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

Wednesday, December 11

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

Thursday, December 12

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

Regal San Marcos

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

Monday, December 9

10:10pm

Tuesday, December 10

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:35pm, 8:20pm, 8:50pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, December 11

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:35pm, 8:20pm, 8:50pm, 9:35pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, December 12

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm, 5:45pm, 7:35pm, 8:20pm, 10:10pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Tuesday, December 10

10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 11

10:20am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:05pm

Thursday, December 12

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

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Tuesday, December 10

2:00pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, December 11

2:00pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, December 12

2:00pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

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