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Executive producer Dexter Fletcher stepped in to complete Bohemian Rhapsody after Fox relieved chronic no-show Bryan Singer of his directorial duties. Next up on Fletcher’s rhapsodical Bohemian biopic docket: Sir Elton John (played with assurance by Taron Egerton). What with our subject still alive and kicking, the AA meeting that opened the picture gave rise to fears that a two hour PSA lay ahead. Good news: sanitized though it may be, Fletcher was more interested in fashioning a structured musical fantasy than a biopic interposed with simulated concert footage. John’s appearance in Tommy is never cited, but the bravado Fletcher brings to the Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting number echos Ken Russell’s sweep and swagger. Familiar family tropes — stony dad (he sweats hailstones), venting mom, loving granny — play out with one-note predictability. And the fantasy AA meeting that bookends the production is forced, like a Charlie Chan programmer in which all of the major players assemble in one room to resolve the mystery of John’s flamboyance. But somewhere between the two meetings lurks 40 minutes of solid musical splendor. 2019.

Scott Marks

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, June 24

1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, June 26

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Monday, June 24

1:45pm, 7:15pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, June 25

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

AMC Mission Valley

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

Monday, June 24

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:25pm, 7:25pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, June 26

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Tuesday, June 25

12:00pm, 2:10pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Monday, June 24

12:00pm, 3:20pm, 6:35pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, June 25

12:20pm, 3:25pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:55am, 3:20pm, 6:35pm, 9:40pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Monday, June 24

1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:35am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, June 26

10:35am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, June 27

10:35am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, June 24

1:20pm, 2:50pm, 3:55pm, 5:25pm, 8:10pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:25am, 11:20am, 2:10pm, 3:55pm, 5:25pm, 8:10pm, 9:25pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Monday, June 24

1:00pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, June 26

10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:45pm, 8:30pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Monday, June 24

2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:10pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:30am, 2:30pm, 5:20pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:00am, 2:30pm, 5:20pm, 8:15pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Monday, June 24

1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, June 25

11:10am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:10am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:20pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, June 24

1:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:30pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, June 25

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:55pm, 10:25pm

LOT

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

Monday, June 24

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, June 25

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, June 26

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, June 27

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Monday, June 24

11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm, 10:45pm, 11:15pm

Tuesday, June 25

11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm, 10:45pm, 11:15pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm, 10:45pm, 11:15pm

Thursday, June 27

11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm, 11:15pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Monday, June 24

1:10pm, 3:50pm, 7:10pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:20am, 1:10pm, 3:50pm, 7:10pm, 10:00pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Monday, June 24

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:45am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Monday, June 24

12:30pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:20pm

Tuesday, June 25

9:40am, 12:30pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, June 26

9:40am, 12:30pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:20pm

Thursday, June 27

9:40am, 12:30pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:20pm

Regal Escondido

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

Monday, June 24

1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, June 24

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

Tuesday, June 25

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

Wednesday, June 26

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

Thursday, June 27

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

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, June 24

12:50pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, June 25

10:00am, 12:50pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, June 26

10:00am, 12:50pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 9:50pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Monday, June 24

11:50am, 2:55pm, 5:45pm, 8:55pm

Tuesday, June 25

11:50am, 2:55pm, 5:45pm, 8:55pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:50am, 2:55pm, 5:45pm, 8:55pm

Thursday, June 27

11:50am, 2:55pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Monday, June 24

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

Tuesday, June 25

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

Wednesday, June 26

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

Thursday, June 27

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

Regal San Marcos

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

Monday, June 24

12:00pm, 3:05pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, June 25

12:00pm, 3:05pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, June 26

12:00pm, 3:05pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Monday, June 24

1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, June 25

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

Wednesday, June 26

1:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, June 27

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

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Monday, June 24

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

Tuesday, June 25

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

Wednesday, June 26

5:30pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, June 27

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

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