Hereditary 2.0 stars

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Writer-director Ari Aster’s debut feature is not coy about its intentions: it opens on an obituary and then gives us mourning(?) daughter Toni Collette at her mother’s funeral, noting all the strange new faces present and also, oh yes, Mom’s “secret rituals.” (Some mention should be made of Collette’s go-for-broke performance here as a woman processing her pain by recreating it in miniature, her face continually contorting under the triple strain of grief, horror, and mental overload.) Rather, having announced itself, it works as a bravura technical exercise in the slow reveal — on both the micro and macro levels. Cameras are forever following terrified gazes to the source of the terror, and revelation builds on revelation until an awful culmination begins to seem inevitable. But “awful” should not be confused with “astonishing.” Sometimes, the banality of evil is the point: the transcendent lengths to which people will go to achieve their mundane ends. And “technical” should not be confused with “clinical” or “unfeeling” — because the gradual accumulation of sorrow and dread is integral to the technique. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Saturday, June 23

6:30pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, June 24

6:30pm, 10:30pm

Monday, June 25

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

Tuesday, June 26

6:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Saturday, June 23

10:40am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, June 24

10:40am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:20pm

Monday, June 25

10:40am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Saturday, June 23

10:10am, 1:10pm, 4:25pm, 7:35pm, 10:40pm

Sunday, June 24

9:20am, 12:25pm, 3:35pm, 6:45pm, 9:55pm

Monday, June 25

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 6:45pm, 9:55pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Saturday, June 23

12:15pm, 6:40pm

Sunday, June 24

11:45am, 2:45pm, 5:40pm, 8:40pm

Monday, June 25

12:15pm, 3:30pm, 6:35pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:15pm, 3:35pm, 6:40pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:15pm, 3:30pm, 6:35pm, 9:35pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Saturday, June 23

10:35am, 1:40pm, 3:15pm, 8:30pm, 11:30pm

Sunday, June 24

10:35am, 1:40pm, 3:15pm, 8:05pm, 11:00pm

Monday, June 25

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Saturday, June 23

10:10am, 4:45pm, 11:15pm

Sunday, June 24

10:40pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Saturday, June 23

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

Sunday, June 24

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

Monday, June 25

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

Thursday, June 28

12:35pm, 8:15pm, 10:55pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Saturday, June 23

12:25pm, 8:25pm, 10:45pm

Sunday, June 24

12:25pm, 8:25pm, 10:45pm

Monday, June 25

12:25pm, 8:25pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:25pm, 8:25pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:25pm, 8:25pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, June 28

12:25pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Saturday, June 23

4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

Sunday, June 24

4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

Monday, June 25

4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, June 26

4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, June 27

4:00pm, 6:50pm, 9:45pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Saturday, June 23

11:10am, 2:15pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

Sunday, June 24

1:00pm

Monday, June 25

3:55pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, June 26

3:55pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, June 27

9:15pm

Thursday, June 28

9:15pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Saturday, June 23

10:25pm

Sunday, June 24

10:25pm

Monday, June 25

10:25pm

Tuesday, June 26

10:25pm

Wednesday, June 27

10:25pm

Thursday, June 28

10:25pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Saturday, June 23

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Sunday, June 24

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Monday, June 25

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, June 26

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, June 27

1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, June 28

1:25pm, 4:10pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Saturday, June 23

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

Sunday, June 24

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

Monday, June 25

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

Tuesday, June 26

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, June 27

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 9:20pm

Thursday, June 28

9:30am, 12:50pm, 3:15pm, 9:20pm

Regal Escondido

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

Saturday, June 23

10:15am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:35pm

Sunday, June 24

10:15am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:35pm

Monday, June 25

1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:35pm

Tuesday, June 26

1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, June 27

1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:35pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Saturday, June 23

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, June 24

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Monday, June 25

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, June 28

12:15pm, 3:40pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Saturday, June 23

12:35pm, 8:30pm

Sunday, June 24

12:35pm, 8:30pm

Monday, June 25

12:35pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 26

9:00pm

Wednesday, June 27

9:00pm

Thursday, June 28

12:35pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Saturday, June 23

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Sunday, June 24

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Monday, June 25

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Tuesday, June 26

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, June 27

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, June 28

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:35pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Saturday, June 23

11:40am, 2:35pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 11:30pm

Sunday, June 24

11:40am, 2:35pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 11:30pm

Monday, June 25

10:30am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, June 26

1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, June 27

1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, June 28

10:30am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Saturday, June 23

9:40am, 12:40pm, 3:50pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, June 24

10:40am, 4:00pm, 10:15pm

Monday, June 25

9:40am, 12:40pm, 3:50pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:40pm, 3:50pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, June 27

10:20pm

Thursday, June 28

9:40am, 12:40pm, 3:50pm, 6:55pm, 10:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Saturday, June 23

10:40am, 1:35pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Sunday, June 24

10:40am, 1:35pm, 4:20pm, 7:25pm, 10:10pm

Monday, June 25

12:10pm, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, June 26

12:10pm, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, June 27

12:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, June 28

12:10pm, 3:05pm, 9:15pm

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