Miss Bala movie poster

Miss Bala is nowhere near the muy mala dose of gun porn that’s promised in the trailer. How’s this for being as timely as today’s headlines: in the Americanized remodel of Gerardo Naranjo’s gritty 2011 crime thriller, Mexican actors assume the roles of kidnappers, rapists, border-jumpers, crooked federales and/or drug smuggling pimps. A wall should be erected around every theatre that books it. Surely the current White House squatter deserves a consultant’s credit. This time around it’s the makeup artist sidekick (TV’s Gina Rodriguez), not the beauty pageant contestant (Cristina Rodlo) who finds herself doing the bidding of a ruthless (is there any other kind?) drug cartel that holds her hostage. As silly as it gets — and it can get pretty damn silly at times — I was never bored thanks to the accelerated pace of Catherine Hardwicke's (Thirteen, Twilight) direction. 2019.

Scott Marks

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

9:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:15pm, 9:10pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

8:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

4:45pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, February 19

8:00pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

8:00pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Tuesday, February 19

9:10pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

6:15pm, 9:10pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Wednesday, February 20

7:30pm, 10:05pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

4:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:40pm, 6:20pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:35pm, 6:20pm, 9:00pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Wednesday, February 20

1:00pm

Thursday, February 21

1:00pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, February 19

6:50pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

6:50pm, 9:20pm

Thursday, February 21

6:50pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, February 19

1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, February 21

1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, February 20

12:30pm

Thursday, February 21

12:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, February 19

4:40pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

4:40pm, 10:35pm

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