The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part in 3D 1.0 stars

LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part in 3D movie poster

The sequel begins right where the first part left off: with Dad’s casual bombshell that if his son can play in the basement LEGO paradise, then so can the son’s younger sister. Cue the arrival of the adorable Duplo destructors, and hello, new central conflict! You might even say that The Second Part connects to the first as snugly as, oh I don’t know, a LEGO brick! Ha ha? But the conflict here — play with your sister, son, lest all the LEGOs suffer Armomageddon and disappear into the Bin of Storage (pronounced store-AJ) — just isn’t that compelling. There’s a lot of talk about how growing up can interfere with the essential sweetness that makes such sibling cooperation possible — at one point, a character actually goes so far as to say that the action is just an expression of the death of the imagination in the subconscious of an adolescent — but the fact remains that the kid in question is still imaginative enough to play with LEGOs, so…what’s the problem, exactly? Never mind, here’s a half-baked song about Batman and romance to take the kids’ mind off things! And for the adults in the room, we’ve got time travel as a major plot point, so let’s throw in a Back to the Future reference! It won’t matter if the kids don’t get it, as long as we make explicit acknowledgment that the kids don’t get it in the film itself! Because you can never get too meta! Oh, wait. Exhausting, and exhausted. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Wednesday, February 20

7:00pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:00pm, 7:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:20pm, 7:50pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Wednesday, February 20

3:30pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Tuesday, February 19

2:50pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:50pm

Thursday, February 21

2:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, February 19

10:05pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:05pm

Thursday, February 21

10:05pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:50pm, 6:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

3:50pm, 6:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, February 19

8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

8:00pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:20pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

3:15pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, February 21

3:20pm, 6:15pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

5:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, February 21

5:00pm, 10:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Tuesday, February 19

3:30pm, 9:10pm

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