Midsommar movie poster

What the opening murder/suicide of Dani’s (Florence Pugh) parents and sister brings to bear on the Swedish vacation that follows is negligible. It’s included mostly because writer-director Ari Aster (taking a backward-step after the chilling Hereditary) thought it would be cool to start in the garage and follow a tube connected to the exhaust pipe as it winds its way inside the house and up the stairs to the master bedroom. Joining Dani on the trip are a quartet of depthless, under-written putzes looking to get high and get laid. Their destination is a menacing Ricola commercial universe where the sun never sets, presumably because terror is more terrifying in broad daylight. I am all for a horror satire that posits an inbred, mentally defective child as the god of a group of Clorox-white religious zealots. But instead of a balls-out political satire, Aster follows a long-winded, 140-minute route that eventually settles on sex and gore as a substitute for meaning. Don’t let the studio-manufactured hype fool you; this is a midsummer’s matinee bore. 2019.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Sunday, July 21

9:00pm

Monday, July 22

10:00am, 1:30pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, July 23

10:00am, 1:30pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, July 24

10:00am, 1:30pm, 9:00pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Sunday, July 21

7:00pm, 10:10pm

Monday, July 22

12:10pm, 2:35pm, 6:10pm, 9:05pm

Tuesday, July 23

12:10pm, 2:35pm, 6:10pm, 9:05pm

Wednesday, July 24

12:10pm, 2:35pm, 6:10pm, 9:05pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, July 22

2:45pm

Tuesday, July 23

2:45pm

Wednesday, July 24

2:45pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Sunday, July 21

9:40pm

Monday, July 22

2:45pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, July 23

2:45pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, July 24

2:45pm, 9:30pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Sunday, July 21

10:20pm

Monday, July 22

10:20pm

Tuesday, July 23

10:20pm

Wednesday, July 24

10:20pm

Thursday, July 25

10:35pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Sunday, July 21

5:35pm, 10:10pm

Monday, July 22

5:35pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, July 23

5:35pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, July 24

5:35pm, 10:10pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Sunday, July 21

9:50pm

Monday, July 22

9:50pm

Tuesday, July 23

9:50pm

Wednesday, July 24

9:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Sunday, July 21

9:00pm

Monday, July 22

10:45am, 2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, July 23

10:45am, 2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, July 24

10:45am, 2:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, July 25

2:10pm, 6:00pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Sunday, July 21

7:05pm, 10:15pm

Monday, July 22

3:55pm, 7:05pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, July 23

3:55pm, 7:05pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, July 24

3:55pm, 7:05pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, July 25

3:55pm, 7:05pm, 10:15pm

Regal Escondido

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

Sunday, July 21

4:50pm, 10:30pm

Monday, July 22

11:10am, 2:50pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, July 23

11:10am, 2:50pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, July 24

11:10am, 2:50pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, July 25

11:10am, 2:50pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Sunday, July 21

9:30pm

Monday, July 22

12:00pm, 3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, July 23

12:00pm, 3:20pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, July 24

12:00pm, 3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, July 25

3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:00pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Monday, July 22

11:10am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, July 23

11:10am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, July 24

11:10am, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, July 25

12:10pm, 3:25pm, 9:55pm

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