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The first installment of director Christopher Landon’s horror riff on Groundhog Day worked its premise to amusing enough effect: grief-damaged young woman Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) gets trapped in a time loop that sees her killed again and again on her birthday, but she manages to use said loop to uncover and eventually thwart her killer. As a bonus, she works on her issues and falls in love in the process. The sequel makes it clear why there was no Groundhog Day 2: The Return of Punxutawney Phil. What is left to be done? Answer: not much, so let’s pad out a consideration of What If Life Had Gone Differently? with forced drama, mild danger, halfhearted gags, undefined characters, underwhelming romance, and a lot — too much, really —of science talk surrounding a time-loop gizmo named after Sisyphus. (Okay, the name is cute.) Probably the most memorable bit — if only because of its willingness to wander into the realm of questionable taste, and so make the audience maybe feel something — is our heroine’s played-for-laughs suicide montage. Rothe mugs and emotes for all she’s worth, which is something, but her effort only highlights the desultory character of everything around her. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:20pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:05pm, 4:30pm, 6:55pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:40am, 2:05pm, 4:30pm, 6:55pm, 9:25pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:10pm, 4:40pm, 8:00pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:10pm, 4:40pm, 7:25pm, 9:55pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:50pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:30pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:40pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, February 21

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

Friday, February 22

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

Saturday, February 23

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

Sunday, February 24

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:20pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:45am, 1:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:45pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:25am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, February 21

11:25am, 1:30pm, 3:55pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:15pm, 2:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 4:40pm, 5:55pm, 6:55pm, 8:20pm, 9:20pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm, 5:55pm, 6:55pm, 8:20pm, 9:20pm, 10:45pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 4:05pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm, 7:30pm, 9:25pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:45am, 11:30am, 1:25pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:05pm, 6:25pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, February 21

10:45am, 11:15am, 1:25pm, 2:00pm, 4:05pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm, 7:30pm, 8:55pm, 10:15pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 5:50pm, 8:10pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm, 8:10pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, February 21

10:50am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm, 8:10pm, 10:25pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:05pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:20am, 12:40pm, 3:05pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, February 21

10:20am, 12:40pm, 3:05pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm, 10:10pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:00pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, February 21

2:00pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:25pm, 4:05pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:40am, 1:15pm, 2:25pm, 4:05pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:40pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:45pm, 7:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:40pm

Thursday, February 21

1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

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

Thursday, February 21

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:15am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:15am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, February 21

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:10pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 5:25pm, 7:40pm, 8:10pm, 10:25pm, 10:55pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:55am, 2:10pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 5:25pm, 7:40pm, 8:10pm, 10:25pm, 10:55pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:10pm, 5:40pm, 8:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:05am, 12:40pm, 3:10pm, 5:40pm, 8:10pm

Thursday, February 21

10:05am, 12:40pm, 3:10pm, 5:40pm, 8:10pm

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