The Dead Don't Die 0.0 stars

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The scary (and gory) things on screen may be zombies, but the real monster here is the troll in the director’s chair. Jim Jarmusch and friends (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, et alia) have a laugh at the audience’s expense with a film that starts off sounding good, looking great and feeling even better before devolving into narrative incoherence, pointless self-consciousness (“Why does this song sound so familiar?” “Because it’s the theme song.”) smug jokeyness (Steve Buscemi in a Make America White Again red hat), and a final speech from Tom Waits that has nothing to do with the horrors at hand. By the end, it’s unclear why Jarmusch bothered to make it at all. And even less clear why anyone else should endure it. It’s just possible that his real target is the very audience that he’s pandering to — that they, as much as the bastards destroying the world by polar fracking, are why Centerville (“A real nice place”) cannot hold. But by the time the leads on screen start discussing how it is they know how things will end, it doesn’t much matter what the target was — just that it was missed. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, June 24

6:30pm, 9:05pm

Tuesday, June 25

11:35am, 2:20pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, June 26

11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:05pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Monday, June 24

7:40pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, June 25

2:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

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7:00pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, June 25

12:05pm, 4:05pm, 6:35pm, 10:30pm

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

AMC Palm Promenade

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

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5:00pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

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11:30am, 2:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

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11:30am, 2:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

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5:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:40pm

Tuesday, June 25

9:50am, 12:30pm, 2:55pm, 5:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:40pm

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9:50am, 12:30pm, 2:55pm, 5:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:40pm

Regal San Marcos

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

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8:00pm, 10:45pm

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10:55am, 2:05pm, 4:50pm, 8:00pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, June 26

10:55am, 2:05pm, 4:50pm, 8:00pm, 10:45pm

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