Peter Rabbit 4.0 stars

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An affectionate note of Tex Avery mayhem opens the story — in an instant, a bucolic chorus of Disney-esque birds in flight is rendered utterly oofty-magoofty — and for the next 90 minutes, I looked on in amazement as the studio that regularly begot cartoon child abuse in the form of Alvin squeakuels finally found the winning formula for combining live-action characters and anthropomorphized rodentia. I’ve yet to be fooled by CG humans, but damned if this blue-jacketed upright cottontail and his woodland pals don’t exude the illusion of both life and charm. In terms of textured character design and movement, this is right up there with the best of Pixar, and when it comes to storytelling in animation, it outclasses everything its competitor has produced since WALL-E. Credit the combined creativity of screenwriter Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and director Will Gluck (Fired Up!, Easy A) for contemporizing the Beatrix Potter classic in such a way that even the compulsory fart jokes play as decorous. 2018.

Scott Marks

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Wednesday, February 21

1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm

Thursday, February 22

1:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Wednesday, February 21

11:20am, 12:05pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:50pm, 9:20pm

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

Wednesday, February 21

11:35am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:20pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Wednesday, February 21

11:10am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm, 6:20pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Wednesday, February 21

2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm

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

Wednesday, February 21

12:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

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12:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

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Wednesday, February 21

10:00am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:55pm, 7:20pm, 9:40pm

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Wednesday, February 21

11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, February 22

11:45am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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Wednesday, February 21

10:05am, 12:25pm, 3:40pm, 5:25pm, 7:25pm, 9:25pm

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10:05am, 12:25pm, 3:40pm, 5:25pm

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Wednesday, February 21

1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

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Wednesday, February 21

11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 4:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:00pm, 9:35pm

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Wednesday, February 21

11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

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11:15am, 1:50pm, 4:20pm, 6:45pm, 9:50pm

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Wednesday, February 21

10:15am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm

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10:15am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm

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

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Wednesday, February 21

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10:10am, 11:10am, 12:25pm, 1:25pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:55pm, 7:10pm, 9:25pm

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11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

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11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm

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

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

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1:10pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:20pm

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1:10pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:20pm

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Wednesday, February 21

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11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:35pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

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

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

Wednesday, February 21

2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

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2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

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Wednesday, February 21

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11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:40pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee, 619-448-7447 | Directions

Wednesday, February 21

7:30pm, 11:15pm

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7:30pm, 11:15pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Wednesday, February 21

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

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10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Wednesday, February 21

12:45pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, February 22

12:45pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm

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