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Whither were thee in ‘73? Watching American Graffiti. It's no coincidence that Paul Thomas Anderson nostalgic tale of coming of age in the Valley opens the same year as George Lucas’ terrestrial masterwork (and with a filched cherry bomb in the boy’s room). The controversial age gap between our heretofore unknown leads — Alana (Alana Haim) has at least a decade over 15-year-old Gary (Cooper Hoffman) — isn’t the prickliest thorn on this wandering vine. Theirs is a zipless pursuit set 50 years in the past, a time when an underage male looking to score with a chick nearly twice his age was held in high regard. Anderson set the bar high with Boogie Nights and a woke spin on the time frame would ring insincere. Compare this to John Michael Higgins’ Jerry Frick, an entrepreneur whose over-enunciating obsession with mail order “Oriental” brides isn’t so much offensive as it is umbday. The anecdotally-correct celebrity lookalikes never fail to amuse: not since I Love Lucy have Ms. Ball (Christine Ebersole) and William Holden (Sean Penn) shared billing. It’s the questionable nature of our central characters (and a lack of running time-management skills) that lost me. The entrepreneurial lad wants so much to bag Alana that for a brief moment he considers fashioning a skin flick around her while she in turn becomes an angry star-effer. A mixed bag destined to accrue enough critical one-liners to convince theatregoers and VOD consumers of its genius. (2021) — Scott Marks

Rated R | 2 hours, 13 minutes
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AMC Classic River Village 6
5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions
Friday, January 28
4:00pm, 7:15pm
Saturday, January 29
1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm
Sunday, January 30
1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm
Monday, January 31
7:15pm
Tuesday, February 1
4:00pm, 7:15pm
Wednesday, February 2
7:15pm
Thursday, February 3
4:00pm, 7:15pm
AMC La Jolla
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm
Friday, January 28
2:45pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm
Saturday, January 29
11:45am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm
Sunday, January 30
2:45pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm
Monday, January 31
2:45pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm
Tuesday, February 1
2:45pm, 5:45pm, 8:45pm
Wednesday, February 2
3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm
Angelika Film Center and Café
11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
11:15am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Friday, January 28
11:10am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:30pm
Saturday, January 29
11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:30pm
Sunday, January 30
11:10am, 11:45am, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Monday, January 31
11:10am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 1
11:10am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 2
11:10am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Thursday, February 3
11:10am, 11:45am, 2:35pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Cinépolis Del Mar
12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
3:30pm, 6:45pm
Friday, January 28
2:40pm, 6:15pm
Saturday, January 29
11:10am, 2:40pm, 6:15pm
Sunday, January 30
11:10am, 2:40pm, 6:15pm
Monday, January 31
2:40pm, 6:15pm
Tuesday, February 1
2:40pm, 6:15pm
Wednesday, February 2
2:40pm
Cinépolis Vista
25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
5:10pm, 8:20pm
Friday, January 28
4:30pm, 7:40pm, 10:40pm
Saturday, January 29
4:30pm, 7:40pm, 10:40pm
Sunday, January 30
4:30pm, 7:40pm
Monday, January 31
4:30pm, 7:40pm
Tuesday, February 1
4:30pm, 7:40pm
Wednesday, February 2
4:30pm, 7:40pm
Landmark Hillcrest
3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Friday, January 28
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, January 29
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm
Sunday, January 30
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Monday, January 31
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 1
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 2
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Thursday, February 3
1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Regal Parkway Plaza
405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm
Friday, January 28
12:40pm, 6:45pm
Saturday, January 29
12:40pm, 6:45pm
Sunday, January 30
12:40pm, 6:45pm
Thursday, February 3
6:45pm
Regal San Marcos
1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
1:15pm, 4:25pm, 7:40pm
Friday, January 28
12:45pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm
Saturday, January 29
11:45am, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:20pm
Sunday, January 30
12:45pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm
Monday, January 31
12:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:40pm
Tuesday, February 1
12:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:40pm
Wednesday, February 2
12:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:40pm
Thursday, February 3
12:45pm, 3:40pm
Vintage Village Theatre
820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions
Thursday, January 27
2:45pm, 6:30pm
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