The Fate of the Furious 2.0 stars

Fate of the Furious movie poster

Late in the race, the fast-cars franchise twists open the nitrous and roars back to life, thanks to a standout villain (an icy cool Charlize Theron), a pleasing measure of self-consciousness about its own tropes and themes (what is family, anyway?), and better writing and humor (nitrous is also laughing gas, after all). We open with stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez honeymooning in Havana, and just like that, the obligatory street race feels like it makes some sense (even as it beggars belief). Yes, we’re still in the realm of cyberterrorists — the tie-the-previous-films-together storyline echoes James Bond’s latest outing in Spectre — but folks are here for the sweet rides and muscled-up bromance, not the geopolitical maneuvering. (Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham bicker like a jacked up Benedick and Beatrice.) And just when the Fast-and-the-Furious-on-Ice finale threatens to drag on past the point of action-setpiece endurance, director F. Gary Gray has the grace to send a supercar from heaven as an actual answer to prayer. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

Friday, May 26

6:20pm

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6:20pm

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6:20pm

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6:20pm

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7:15pm

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7:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Friday, May 26

3:25pm, 6:40pm, 9:50pm

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12:20pm, 3:25pm, 6:40pm, 9:50pm

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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

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10:20am, 4:40pm, 7:20pm, 10:40pm

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1:35pm

Regal Escondido

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

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4:40pm, 9:00pm

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4:40pm, 9:00pm

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12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm, 9:45pm

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Regal Oceanside

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

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Regal Parkway Plaza

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

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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

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4:10pm

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