The Florida Project 3.0 stars

Florida Project movie poster

Director and co-writer Sean Baker’s lavender-tinted, tragedy-tinged followup to Tangerine trades Southern California for Florida but keeps its focus fixed on the margin and the sustaining dreams of its denizens. Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is a six-year-old spitfire spending her summer vacation at The Magic Castle motel outside of Disney World — the sort of place where an unemployed stripper like Moonee’s mom Halley can struggle through with a little help (and free waffles) from her friends. (Baker loves his characters and knows his business, so it’s easy to excuse the sometimes indulgent depiction of Magic Castle living.) The kid’s days are spent in moseying and mischief, a feral Alice amid the wonderland of fantastical souvenir shops and food stands. It’s a sad old world, but she gets by on pluck and positivity: the belief that she’ll get away with things, that Mom will provide, that everything will be all right in the end. And she’s almost mostly right: her charm is undeniable, her Mom will do whatever it takes to pay the rent, and hotel manager Bobby (a weary but warm Willem Dafoe) keeps watch like a benevolent but overwhelmed god. But fantasy has its limits, at least outside the realm of Disney… 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

Angelika Film Center

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

Saturday, November 18

4:15pm

Sunday, November 19

4:15pm

Monday, November 20

11:30am, 4:15pm

Tuesday, November 21

11:30am, 4:15pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Friday, November 17

6:15pm

Saturday, November 18

1:15pm, 6:15pm

Sunday, November 19

1:15pm, 6:15pm

Monday, November 20

1:15pm, 6:15pm

Tuesday, November 21

1:15pm, 6:15pm

Landmark Hillcrest

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

Friday, November 17

7:10pm, 9:55pm

Saturday, November 18

10:40am, 1:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Sunday, November 19

10:40am, 1:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Monday, November 20

1:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, November 21

1:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Friday, November 17

7:05pm, 9:40pm

Saturday, November 18

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm

Sunday, November 19

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 9:40pm

Monday, November 20

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, November 21

11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:30pm

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