The Hitman's Bodyguard 1.0 stars

Hitman's Bodyguard movie poster

Ryan Reynolds is very good at layering a hard candy shell of wisecracks over a gooey caramel center of emotion. Samuel L. Jackson is very good at snapping between glowering menace and cackling affability. And director Patrick Hughes is very good at letting the viewer know he’s hip to his own action movie absurdities. Those are the virtues on display here. Perhaps for some, they will be enough to overcome its stars’ halfhearted debate over relative moralities and softheaded argument over whether it’s better to plan for life or just let it happen. Perhaps they’ll even be enough to cover over the godawful, bleary-smeary, washed-out visuals; the Frankenstein of a blues/hard-rock/kitsch-pop soundtrack; and the slumming schtick of Gary Oldman as a dumb dictator from Belarus and Salma Hayek as a foulmouthed and expertly lethal cocktail waitress at La Cucaracha. As 48 hours, Lethal Weapon, et alia have demonstrated, people love a good black and white buddy comedy. And who knows? They may even love a not so good one. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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

Friday, September 22

7:45pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, September 23

7:00pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, September 24

7:35pm, 10:15pm

Monday, September 25

4:00pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, September 26

7:45pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 27

4:00pm, 7:00pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Friday, September 22

10:25pm

Saturday, September 23

12:50pm, 6:10pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, September 24

12:50pm, 6:10pm, 10:25pm

Monday, September 25

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, September 26

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, September 27

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Saturday, September 23

12:25pm, 3:20pm, 6:15pm

Sunday, September 24

12:25pm, 3:20pm, 6:15pm

Monday, September 25

12:25pm, 3:20pm, 6:15pm

Tuesday, September 26

12:25pm, 3:20pm, 6:15pm

Wednesday, September 27

12:25pm, 3:20pm, 6:15pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Friday, September 22

8:35pm

Saturday, September 23

8:35pm

Sunday, September 24

8:15pm

Monday, September 25

4:15pm

Tuesday, September 26

4:15pm

Wednesday, September 27

4:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Friday, September 22

10:10pm

Saturday, September 23

12:15pm, 10:10pm

Sunday, September 24

12:15pm, 10:10pm

Monday, September 25

12:30pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, September 26

12:30pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, September 27

12:30pm, 8:15pm

Angelika Film Center

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

Friday, September 22

9:30pm

Saturday, September 23

11:00am, 9:30pm

Sunday, September 24

11:00am, 9:30pm

Monday, September 25

11:00am, 9:30pm

Tuesday, September 26

11:00am, 9:30pm

Wednesday, September 27

10:45am, 9:45pm

Thursday, September 28

11:00am, 9:30pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Saturday, September 23

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

Sunday, September 24

11:00am, 4:05pm

Monday, September 25

1:40pm, 4:15pm

Tuesday, September 26

1:40pm, 4:15pm

Wednesday, September 27

1:40pm, 4:15pm

Thursday, September 28

1:40pm, 4:15pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Friday, September 22

8:20pm, 11:00pm

Saturday, September 23

5:30pm, 8:20pm, 11:00pm

Sunday, September 24

5:30pm, 8:20pm

Monday, September 25

6:40pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, September 26

6:40pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, September 27

6:40pm, 9:30pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Friday, September 22

7:40pm, 10:35pm

Saturday, September 23

11:05am, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:35pm

Sunday, September 24

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

Monday, September 25

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

Tuesday, September 26

3:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:35pm

Wednesday, September 27

3:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:35pm

Thursday, September 28

3:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:35pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Friday, September 22

10:00pm

Saturday, September 23

11:40am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 24

11:40am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 9:00pm

Monday, September 25

11:40am, 2:40pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, September 26

11:40am, 2:40pm, 5:50pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, September 27

11:40am, 2:40pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, September 28

11:40am, 2:40pm, 10:00pm

Regal Escondido

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

Friday, September 22

9:55pm

Saturday, September 23

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm, 9:55pm

Sunday, September 24

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm

Monday, September 25

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm

Tuesday, September 26

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm

Wednesday, September 27

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm

Thursday, September 28

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:25pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Friday, September 22

7:35pm, 10:25pm

Saturday, September 23

1:30pm, 4:25pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, September 24

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Monday, September 25

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm

Tuesday, September 26

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm

Wednesday, September 27

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm

Thursday, September 28

1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Friday, September 22

10:00pm

Saturday, September 23

1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, September 24

1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Monday, September 25

1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, September 26

1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, September 27

1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, September 28

1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:00pm, 9:35pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Friday, September 22

8:10pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, September 23

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 8:10pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, September 24

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 8:10pm, 10:00pm

Monday, September 25

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 26

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 27

12:25pm, 3:35pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, September 28

10:55am, 1:40pm, 4:20pm, 10:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Friday, September 22

11:10pm

Saturday, September 23

12:25pm, 3:05pm, 5:50pm, 11:10pm

Sunday, September 24

12:25pm, 3:05pm, 5:50pm

Monday, September 25

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 26

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 27

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, September 28

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Saturday, September 23

12:40pm, 6:45pm

Sunday, September 24

12:40pm, 6:45pm

Monday, September 25

3:45pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, September 26

3:50pm, 9:20pm

Wednesday, September 27

3:55pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, September 28

1:05pm, 6:40pm

South Bay Drive In

2170 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, 619-423-2727 | Directions

Friday, September 22

10:10pm

Saturday, September 23

10:10pm

Sunday, September 24

10:10pm

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