John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 1.0 stars

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum movie poster

By this point, director Chad Stahelski’s franchise about Keanu Reeves’ hitman with a heart of gold (Wick’s reasons for killing the hundreds of assassins after his head this time ‘round are entirely romantic) is completely besotted with itself and the world it’s created. Its hefty borrowing from Catholic bureaucracy: disgraced members of its simultaneously decadent and decaying world are excommunicado, decommissioned sanctuaries are deconsecrated, a High Table curia sends adjudicators to keep order in the outposts by assigning penance for sins committed. Its loving attention to firearms, bullets, and the near-incessant necessity of transferring the latter into the former. Its even more loving attention to brutal, impressive, but ultimately exhausting hand-to-hand combat. (Exhausting for the viewer, anyway; Wick hardly ever stops to catch his breath.) And by this point, it’s counting on you to be similarly besotted, so that you’re happy to play along with the silly bits (there are a number of them here, several involving a super-assassin who’s also a total fanboy), the unlikely bits (why don’t these guys shoot him when they have the chance instead of relying on knives?), and the kind-of-pointless bits (Halle Berry and her crack coterie of combat canines). Etc. etc. It’s rather like when Bond films went from Sean Connery to Roger Moore: you know and love the brand, so now we can goof around with it. Plenty of people will find this copacetic. A few will grouse about what’s been lost in the process: a touch of the real amid the merely fantastic. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:15pm, 7:30pm

Friday, May 24

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 10:10pm

Saturday, May 25

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 10:10pm

Sunday, May 26

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 10:10pm

Monday, May 27

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

Tuesday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 29

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:00pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, May 28

7:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:30pm, 6:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, May 23

12:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:00pm, 6:15pm, 8:00pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23

10:00am, 11:15am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:50pm, 10:50pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:50pm, 10:50pm

Friday, May 24

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Saturday, May 25

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Sunday, May 26

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Monday, May 27

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, May 28

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, May 29

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, May 30

10:55am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:05pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:00pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 4:55pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm, 8:20pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, May 23

9:45am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 12:20pm, 1:05pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm, 3:50pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:45pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, May 23

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

Friday, May 24

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

Saturday, May 25

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

Sunday, May 26

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

Monday, May 27

10:15am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 28

12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, May 29

12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Wednesday, May 22

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:55pm

Friday, May 24

9:55am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:55pm

Saturday, May 25

9:55am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:55pm

Sunday, May 26

9:55am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:55pm

Monday, May 27

1:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, May 28

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 8:55pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 29

12:45pm, 3:40pm, 8:55pm, 10:20pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:30pm, 3:40pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:40pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:10pm, 8:30pm, 10:10pm

Friday, May 24

9:50am, 10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm, 11:10pm

Saturday, May 25

9:50am, 10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm, 11:10pm

Sunday, May 26

9:50am, 10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm, 11:10pm

Monday, May 27

9:50am, 10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, May 28

10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, May 29

10:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 6:50pm, 8:05pm, 9:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:10pm, 3:55pm, 6:25pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, May 23

11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:35pm, 3:55pm, 7:05pm, 10:15pm

LOT

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:30pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, May 23

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Wednesday, May 22

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

Thursday, May 23

11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:05pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, May 23

10:15am, 11:45am, 1:05pm, 3:00pm, 4:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Friday, May 24

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

Saturday, May 25

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

Sunday, May 26

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

Monday, May 27

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, May 28

10:40am, 1:30pm, 4:20pm, 7:15pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, May 29

10:40am, 1:30pm, 4:20pm, 7:15pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, May 30

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

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:50pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:50pm, 10:20pm

Friday, May 24

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

Saturday, May 25

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

Sunday, May 26

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

Monday, May 27

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

Tuesday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 29

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

Thursday, May 30

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

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:20pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, May 23

1:10pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:40pm

Regal Escondido

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

Wednesday, May 22

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

Thursday, May 23

11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:10pm, 7:20pm

Thursday, May 23

1:00pm, 4:10pm, 7:20pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Wednesday, May 22

4:45pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, May 23

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Wednesday, May 22

2:40pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, May 23

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:25pm, 2:40pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:05pm, 9:15pm, 10:20pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:55pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, May 23

12:45pm, 3:55pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:25pm, 3:55pm, 6:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, May 23

12:10pm, 12:40pm, 3:25pm, 3:55pm, 6:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm, 10:25pm

Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee, 619-448-7447 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

8:00pm

Thursday, May 23

12:35am, 8:00pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Wednesday, May 22

3:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, May 23

11:00am, 11:45am, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm

Friday, May 24

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:45pm

Saturday, May 25

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:45pm

Sunday, May 26

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:45pm

Monday, May 27

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, May 28

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 29

10:30am, 3:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, May 30

9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm

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