Justice League 1.0 stars

Justice League movie poster

Did you like Joss Whedon’s The Avengers? Then you’ll love, or at least maybe be able to mostly tolerate, Justice League, and not just because Whedon helped out with the script and direction. (Don’t worry, though: Zack Snyder still leaves his gritty, operatic fingerprints on the project, especially early on.) You’ve got your super-powerful magic geegaw – Motherboxes instead of the Tesseract. You’ve got your evil dude from another dimension bringing an alien army to invade earth — Steppenwolf instead of Loki, Parademons instead of the Chitauri. And you’ve got your team of heroes who have to overcome their personal issues and mutual dislike in order to come together and save the day. Wonder Woman? A leader afraid to lead. The Flash? Stuck running in place, lifewise. Aquaman? Caught between two worlds and resenting both. Cyborg? Would maybe rather be dead than mashed up with intelligent alien tech. Batman? Actually, he seems okay, despite his protestations that he’s not good with people. And Superman? He’s dead, leaving humanity especially vulnerable to an army of critters that feed on fear. Sadly, very little of all this plays into the story, except to serve as fodder for between-battles bickering. (Sample resolution: Wonder Woman turns to the others and says, “On my lead,” before not doing any actual leading.) There’s some welcome levity, some genuine conversation (as when Bats and Diana share a drink), and a few moments that feel like really good comic book panels (especially mid-credits). For some, that may be enough. Next up: Aquaman. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside, 760-631-5700 | Directions

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

1:05pm, 4:00pm, 7:10pm

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Tuesday, December 12

4:00pm, 7:15pm

Wednesday, December 13

7:15pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, December 12

10:15am, 1:15pm, 2:20pm, 5:20pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:20pm, 5:20pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, December 12

1:10pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, December 13

1:10pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm, 9:55pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:55am, 12:45pm, 4:00pm, 6:05pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:55am, 12:45pm, 4:00pm, 6:05pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:45am, 2:45pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

2:45pm, 5:45pm, 9:00pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

2:00pm, 4:40pm, 7:05pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Tuesday, December 12

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, December 13

10:45am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm

Angelika Film Center

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

Monday, December 11

10:30pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:50pm, 7:50pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:50pm, 7:50pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, December 14

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:50pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:15am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm, 9:35pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:15am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm, 9:35pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, December 14

11:15am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Cinépolis Vista

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

Monday, December 11

10:35pm

Tuesday, December 12

11:00am, 1:35pm, 4:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:55pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:35am, 2:25pm, 4:05pm, 5:05pm, 6:50pm, 7:50pm, 9:30pm, 10:35pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:50am, 3:20pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:50am, 3:20pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, December 14

11:50am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Tuesday, December 12

11:10am, 1:50pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:10am, 1:50pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, December 14

11:10am, 1:50pm, 4:25pm

Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

10:45am, 1:25pm, 4:05pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, December 14

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

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:55am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:00pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:55pm, 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:55pm, 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, December 14

12:55pm, 1:30pm, 3:40pm, 4:20pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:40am, 12:15pm, 2:40pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:40am, 12:15pm, 2:40pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, December 14

11:40am, 12:15pm, 2:40pm, 3:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, December 12

11:45am, 12:50pm, 2:50pm, 3:55pm, 4:50pm, 6:05pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, December 13

11:45am, 12:50pm, 2:50pm, 3:55pm, 4:50pm, 6:05pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, December 14

11:15am, 12:50pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 3:55pm, 5:30pm, 7:55pm, 11:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, December 12

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

12:00am, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:05pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, December 12

12:15pm, 1:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

12:15pm, 1:00pm, 3:10pm, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, December 14

12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Tuesday, December 12

9:30am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2:24pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, December 13

9:30am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, December 14

11:45am, 2:45pm, 3:20pm, 7:45pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Tuesday, December 12

1:25pm, 4:05pm, 6:55pm

Wednesday, December 13

1:25pm, 4:05pm, 6:55pm

Thursday, December 14

1:25pm, 4:05pm, 6:55pm, 9:40pm

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