Lady Bird movie poster

There’s much to admire in indie darling Greta Gerwig’s first solo venture behind the camera, particularly for those willing to overlook colorless screen direction, dialog that thrives on pop culture references, and a pair of running time-padding skits — an anti-abortion pep rally gone wrong and a gym coach assigned to oversee the high school drama club — that play like outtakes from a Christopher Guest satire. Copious critical accolades already abound, but don’t let the comparisons to Terms of Endearment keep you from the picture. (No Kleenex needed.) The raves that bear attention are the ones championing the daughter and mother combatants played by her generation’s gift to acting, Saoirse Ronan, and the criminally underused Laurie Metcalf. Their precision-engineered salvos of overlapping dialog are the film's highlights and a sure test of the limits of Dolby Atmos. And kudos the the dizzyingly-denominated Beanie Feldstein for her performance as Ronan’s brilliant flake of a BFF. 2017.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Sunday, February 18

9:30am

Monday, February 19

9:30am

Tuesday, February 20

11:45am

Wednesday, February 21

11:45am

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Sunday, February 18

10:15am, 2:50pm

Monday, February 19

10:15am, 2:50pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:15am, 1:20pm, 2:50pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:15am, 2:50pm

Thursday, February 22

10:15am, 2:50pm

Landmark Hillcrest

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

Saturday, February 17

9:15pm

Sunday, February 18

10:10am, 12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

Monday, February 19

10:10am, 12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, February 20

12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, February 21

12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

Thursday, February 22

12:25pm, 2:40pm, 4:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469 | Directions

Saturday, February 17

8:35pm

Monday, February 19

8:35pm

Tuesday, February 20

8:35pm

Wednesday, February 21

8:35pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Saturday, February 17

10:45pm

Sunday, February 18

10:45pm

Monday, February 19

10:45pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:45pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:45pm

Thursday, February 22

10:45pm

Regal Escondido

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

Saturday, February 17

9:00pm

Sunday, February 18

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 9:00pm

Monday, February 19

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, February 22

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 9:50pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Saturday, February 17

10:35pm

Sunday, February 18

11:30am, 4:30pm, 10:35pm

Monday, February 19

1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm

Tuesday, February 20

1:10pm, 3:30pm, 5:50pm

Wednesday, February 21

12:55pm, 4:30pm, 8:10pm

Thursday, February 22

12:55pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Sunday, February 18

10:00am, 2:35pm, 5:00pm

Monday, February 19

10:00am, 2:35pm, 5:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

11:10am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

11:10am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm

Thursday, February 22

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

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