The Assistant 3.0 stars

Assistant movie poster

For her first film, writer-director Kitty Green finds lurking within the #MeToo movement a tightly packed monster movie that answers the horrifying question: where in the job description does it address predatory sexual behavior? Fresh out of college, Jane (Julia Garner, never out of frame) lands a dream gig as a junior assistant to a heard-but-not-seen film producer. The hours are long — she arrives before dawn and clocks out long after dusk — and the tasks menial, leaving Jane ample time to catch on quickly. After only five weeks on the job, Jane has strung together enough patterns of abuse to warrant a visit to Human Resources. The rep (Matthew Macfadyen) suggests that Jane not sweat the small stuff. Besides, there’s nothing for her to worry about; she’s not even the boss’ type. Green, the first filmmaker to give narrative voice to the subject, posits her day in the life of a witness to workplace gangrene as a grueling example of cinema as frustration. 2019.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

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

Saturday, February 22

2:15pm, 7:10pm

Sunday, February 23

2:15pm, 10:15pm

Monday, February 24

1:25pm, 6:20pm

Tuesday, February 25

2:25pm, 7:35pm

Wednesday, February 26

1:45pm

Angelika Film Center and Café

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

Saturday, February 22

11:15am, 4:40pm

Sunday, February 23

11:15am, 4:40pm

Monday, February 24

11:15am, 4:40pm

Tuesday, February 25

11:15am, 4:40pm

Wednesday, February 26

11:15am, 4:40pm

Thursday, February 27

11:15am, 4:40pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Saturday, February 22

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, February 23

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Monday, February 24

1:40pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, February 25

1:40pm, 4:40pm

Wednesday, February 26

1:40pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, February 27

1:40pm, 4:40pm, 9:50pm

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