If Beale Street Could Talk 2.0 stars

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A young pregnant woman (KiKi Layne) fights to prove her beau (Stephan James) innocent of a crime he did not commit. If Beale Street could talk, it would no doubt inform Barry Jenkins that film is a director’s medium and suggest that he move his camera back ten feet so that audiences might enjoy the pleasure of watching his characters relate to each other in their environment, not sit and stare at cumulus-sized closeups of actor’s faces. When last I checked, people use their entire bodies to make love, not just their visages, but you couldn’t prove it by the way Jenkins films an intimate encounter. To paraphrase Groucho, if the camera was any closer it would be in back of them. The story (based on a novel by James Baldwin), Nicholas Britell’s score, and the ensemble cast are all strictly top shelf, which makes the overall dependence on one lens even all the more regrettable. 2018.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

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

Sunday, January 20

4:15pm

Monday, January 21

10:25am, 1:15pm

Tuesday, January 22

1:10pm, 4:15pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Sunday, January 20

4:20pm, 7:10pm

Monday, January 21

4:20pm

Tuesday, January 22

4:20pm, 7:10pm

Wednesday, January 23

4:20pm

Thursday, January 24

4:20pm, 7:10pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Sunday, January 20

5:55pm

Monday, January 21

5:55pm

Tuesday, January 22

11:45am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Wednesday, January 23

11:45am, 2:45pm

Thursday, January 24

11:45am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Landmark Hillcrest

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

Sunday, January 20

4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Monday, January 21

10:50am, 1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, January 22

1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, January 23

1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, January 24

1:35pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:05pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Sunday, January 20

4:40pm

Monday, January 21

11:05am, 4:40pm

Tuesday, January 22

11:05am, 4:40pm

Wednesday, January 23

11:05am, 4:40pm

Thursday, January 24

11:05am, 4:40pm

Regal Escondido

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

Sunday, January 20

10:10pm

Monday, January 21

10:10pm

Tuesday, January 22

10:10pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Sunday, January 20

4:40pm

Monday, January 21

4:40pm

Tuesday, January 22

1:45pm, 4:40pm, 7:55pm

Wednesday, January 23

1:45pm, 4:40pm, 7:55pm

Thursday, January 24

1:45pm, 4:40pm, 7:55pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Sunday, January 20

3:00pm, 9:00pm

Monday, January 21

3:30pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, January 22

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm

Wednesday, January 23

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm

Thursday, January 24

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Sunday, January 20

4:10pm

Monday, January 21

11:25am, 4:10pm

Tuesday, January 22

11:50am, 3:00pm, 5:55pm, 8:50pm

Wednesday, January 23

11:55am, 3:05pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Thursday, January 24

11:55am, 3:05pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Sunday, January 20

2:15pm, 7:50pm

Monday, January 21

2:15pm, 7:50pm

Tuesday, January 22

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

Wednesday, January 23

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

Thursday, January 24

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 9:45pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Sunday, January 20

6:00pm, 9:00pm

Monday, January 21

12:10pm, 6:20pm

Tuesday, January 22

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, January 23

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, January 24

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:25pm

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