The Boss Baby 3.0 stars

Boss Baby movie poster

Surprise! Dreamworks’ latest is not simply an exercise in sticking Alec Baldwin’s Scotch-mellowed tycoon’s rasp in the mouth of a CGI infant and chuckling at the juxtaposition. Instead, this story of a boy’s troubles when his baby brother arrives serves as a rousing defense of familial love as a good that can’t be commodified, and the family itself as a community that can’t be corporatized. Most magical of all, it’s a celebration of childhood imagination — that old-fashioned force that imbues ordinary life with extraordinary significance and wonder, all without the benefit of any sort of digital device. (It’s telling that the parents’ cameras are old-style, and even The Boss Baby’s hotline to headquarters is a corded, rotary toy.) Director Tom McGrath has the good sense to treat all this serious stuff with the lightest of touches, instead guiding the kiddies in the audience to focus on a battle between puppies and babies for human affection, the grown-ups on Baldwin’s quippery, and everybody on the oft-crossed line between fantasy and reality in the mind’s eye of a child. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside, 760-631-5700 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

9:25pm

Wednesday, May 24

2:10pm, 4:35pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, May 25

11:15am, 1:40pm, 4:15pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Wednesday, May 24

11:20am, 1:50pm, 4:15pm

Thursday, May 25

11:20am, 1:50pm, 4:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Wednesday, May 24

11:05am, 1:35pm, 4:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Thursday, May 25

4:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Tuesday, May 23

9:10pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Wednesday, May 24

10:45am, 1:25pm, 6:40pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Wednesday, May 24

11:00am, 1:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, May 23

9:10pm

Wednesday, May 24

12:50pm, 3:35pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Wednesday, May 24

1:20pm, 4:15pm, 9:25pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Wednesday, May 24

11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm

Thursday, May 25

11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, May 23

8:45pm

Wednesday, May 24

1:00pm, 3:35pm, 6:10pm

Thursday, May 25

1:00pm, 3:35pm, 6:10pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, May 24

12:15pm, 2:45pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, May 23

9:35pm

Wednesday, May 24

11:15am, 4:20pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, May 25

11:35am, 2:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:35pm

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