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The other characters can’t stop talking about how prodigious Mary (Mckenna Grace) is, but with the exception of the occasional polysyllabic word peppering Tom Flynn’s dialogue (and a 9-year-old actress who shatters all levels on the precocity scale), there’s nothing particularly exceptional about the kid as presented. Of course, that won’t stop director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) from dragging us through extended courtroom proceedings to determine who will have their way with the child’s future: scruffy Uncle Frank (Chris Evans), who doesn’t want to reinforce his niece’s difference, or icy Grandma Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), who refuses to deny the child the opportunity to live up to her potential. Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer come on strong as Mary’s teacher and neighbor, respectively, before being reduced to reaction shots during the trial. Only the highbred cast and a hint of profanity separate this from a basic cable tearjerker. 2017.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

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

Sunday, May 28

12:15pm, 2:45pm

Monday, May 29

12:15pm, 2:45pm

Tuesday, May 30

12:30pm, 6:10pm

Wednesday, May 31

12:30pm, 6:10pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Saturday, May 27

7:00pm, 9:30pm

Sunday, May 28

3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Monday, May 29

3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 30

3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, May 31

3:45pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Saturday, May 27

5:20pm

Sunday, May 28

10:45am, 5:20pm

Monday, May 29

10:45am, 5:20pm

Tuesday, May 30

11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:20pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 31

11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:20pm, 6:55pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, June 1

11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:20pm

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