Ralph Breaks the Internet 2.0 stars

Ralph Breaks the Internet movie poster

A welcome improvement over the original’s Wreck-It Ralph's tale of a good guy (voiced to sweetly earnest perfection by John C. Reilly) who can’t seem to shake his onscreen character’s nasty rep when he’s off duty with his fellow video-game actors. (What part of show business don’t they understand?) In that story, he sets off on a hero’s quest to prove his goodness, and ends up with the prize he desired all along: a friend (Sarah Silverman as the glitchy Princess Vanellope). In this one, he sets off — after an unusually slow, clunky opening — on another, this time to save Vanellope’s race-car video game from the scrap heap. But the journey takes the two of them out of the arcade’s old-school confines and into the dizzying variety and scope of online life, and it isn’t long before lil’ V finds the dream world she didn’t even know she was dreaming of in the online video game Slaughter Race. That’s when things get both personal and interesting, as directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston artfully explore the promise, the horror, and the heartbreak of the internet’s infinite possibility. (There’s only so far a family movie can go in showing a world where everyone can be just as awful as they want to be without consequence, which makes their achievement here all the more impressive: what it does to Ralph is deeply unsettling but not quite terrifying.) Best of all, they don’t shy away from the ending their story demands. Second-best of all, they go goofily meta in a scene where Vanellope meets her fellow Disney princesses, but have the good sense to know when it’s time to get back to the straight story. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Monday, December 10

4:30pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, December 11

1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

4:30pm, 7:30pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Sunday, December 9

9:30pm, 10:15pm

Monday, December 10

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:20pm, 7:15pm, 9:00pm, 9:50pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Sunday, December 9

9:45pm

Monday, December 10

11:35am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, December 10

2:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Sunday, December 9

9:45pm

Monday, December 10

12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:50pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:50pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:50pm, 9:45pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Sunday, December 9

10:00pm

Monday, December 10

2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Sunday, December 9

10:30pm

Monday, December 10

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

Tuesday, December 11

11:45am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

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

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Monday, December 10

2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, December 11

1:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, December 10

10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:50pm, 9:05pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:50pm, 9:00pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Monday, December 10

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:30am, 2:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Sunday, December 9

10:45pm

Monday, December 10

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:40pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:40pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:40pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Sunday, December 9

9:20pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Monday, December 10

10:25am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:05pm, 6:25pm, 6:40pm, 7:45pm, 9:20pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:25am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:05pm, 6:25pm, 6:40pm, 7:45pm, 9:20pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:25am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:05pm, 6:25pm, 6:40pm, 7:45pm, 9:20pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Sunday, December 9

10:25pm, 10:55pm

Monday, December 10

11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:10pm, 6:05pm, 7:20pm, 7:50pm, 9:10pm, 10:10pm, 10:35pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:10pm, 6:05pm, 7:20pm, 7:50pm, 9:10pm, 10:15pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:30pm, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:10pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm, 10:10pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, December 13

12:15pm, 1:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:10pm, 6:05pm, 7:20pm, 9:20pm, 10:20pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Monday, December 10

10:45am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:45am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:45am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, December 13

10:45am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Monday, December 10

11:30am, 2:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:30am, 2:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:30am, 2:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Sunday, December 9

9:45pm, 10:45pm

Monday, December 10

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:50pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:05pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:50pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, December 13

10:00am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:50pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Sunday, December 9

9:45pm, 10:25pm

Monday, December 10

10:00am, 10:55am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm, 5:45pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, December 11

10:00am, 10:55am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm, 5:45pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:00am, 10:55am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm, 5:45pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, December 13

10:00am, 10:55am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm, 5:45pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Sunday, December 9

9:50pm

Monday, December 10

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:50pm, 4:00pm, 5:40pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, December 11

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:50pm, 4:00pm, 5:40pm, 7:50pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:50pm, 4:00pm, 5:40pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, December 13

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:50pm, 4:00pm, 6:40pm, 8:45pm, 9:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Sunday, December 9

9:20pm

Monday, December 10

12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:10pm, 7:15pm, 9:20pm

Tuesday, December 11

12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:10pm, 7:15pm, 9:20pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, December 10

1:00pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:40pm

Tuesday, December 11

1:00pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:40pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:00pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:40pm

Thursday, December 13

1:00pm, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, December 10

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 7:45pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm, 7:45pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:15pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm

Thursday, December 13

11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Monday, December 10

11:40am, 1:30pm, 2:25pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:35pm, 8:50pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:40am, 1:30pm, 2:25pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:35pm, 8:50pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:40am, 1:30pm, 2:25pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:35pm, 8:50pm

Thursday, December 13

11:40am, 12:45pm, 2:25pm, 3:45pm, 5:25pm, 8:20pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Sunday, December 9

10:45pm

Monday, December 10

11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, December 13

11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:45pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Sunday, December 9

9:55pm, 10:30pm

Monday, December 10

11:40am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:55pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, December 11

11:40am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:55pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:40am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 3:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:55pm, 10:30pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Monday, December 10

10:20am, 1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

Tuesday, December 11

1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:20am, 1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

Thursday, December 13

10:20am, 1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Monday, December 10

1:35pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm

Tuesday, December 11

1:35pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:35pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions

Monday, December 10

5:30pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, December 11

5:30pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

2:15pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, December 13

2:15pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

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