The Predator 1.0 stars

Predator movie poster

Director and co-writer Shane Black stirs together Guardians of the Galaxy (what if our supergroup was a bunch of damaged misfits?) Split (what if so-called mental disorders are actually the next evolutionary leap forward?), and Terminator 2 (what if the baddie from the initial installment was now the good guy, trying to save humanity from an upgraded, nastier version of himself?), ladles on the hard-R gore (blood from a severed corpse dripping down to reveal the invisible enemy), spices things up with his patented blend of quips ‘n cynicism, and blankets the whole thing in a thick layer of cheese (oh, that trumpety soundtrack) before baking. What’s remarkable is that the results are so blockbuster-bland. It might’ve helped if he’d stuck to the band of misfits angle, pitting the hunter (er, Predator) against a group of war-ravaged vets who have to find a way past their damage if they’re gonna survive. As it is, all that genuinely awful PTSD just plays like window dressing, dropping away in the heat of combat like Clark Kent’s suit and tie when Superman hears a call for help. Ditto the spectrumized tot, whose sensitivity to noise somehow stops being an issue in the midst of a firefight. As it is, most of the fighting is between the government and those it no longer finds useful, most of the action borders on silly in its arbitrary application of physics and lethality, and most of the pleasure here, such as it is, comes from watching Black amuse himself. (Cool mutual euthanasia scene, bro.) 2018.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, September 23

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm

Monday, September 24

4:30pm, 7:15pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

4:30pm, 7:15pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Saturday, September 22

4:10pm, 4:50pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, September 23

10:45am, 11:30am, 1:20pm, 2:15pm, 4:10pm, 4:50pm, 6:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm, 10:20pm

Monday, September 24

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:40pm, 3:10pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Saturday, September 22

4:00pm, 6:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm

Sunday, September 23

1:20pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm

Monday, September 24

12:15pm, 1:55pm, 4:35pm, 6:05pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:20pm, 1:50pm, 4:00pm, 6:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:55pm, 4:35pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Saturday, September 22

2:50pm, 4:00pm, 6:40pm, 7:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, September 23

10:40am, 12:05pm, 1:15pm, 2:50pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:40pm, 8:00pm, 9:25pm

Monday, September 24

12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

12:00pm, 2:25pm, 2:45pm, 5:05pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Saturday, September 22

3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, September 23

11:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Monday, September 24

2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:35pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, September 26

2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Saturday, September 22

2:20pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, September 23

11:00am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:15pm

Monday, September 24

11:00am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:00am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:00am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:10pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, September 23

11:15am, 5:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:50pm, 9:00pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Saturday, September 22

2:20pm, 5:00pm, 7:35pm, 10:10pm

Sunday, September 23

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 8:00pm

Monday, September 24

5:15pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

5:15pm, 8:00pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Sunday, September 23

12:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Monday, September 24

2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:30am, 2:15pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

2:30pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Saturday, September 22

2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

Sunday, September 23

10:05am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

Monday, September 24

10:05am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:05am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:05am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

Thursday, September 27

10:05am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:15pm, 7:40pm, 10:05pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Saturday, September 22

2:50pm, 5:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 23

10:45am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:30pm

Monday, September 24

10:45am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:45am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:45am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:20pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, September 27

10:45am, 12:25pm, 2:50pm, 5:05pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:15pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm, 11:30pm

Sunday, September 23

12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Monday, September 24

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:00pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm, 11:15pm

Sunday, September 23

12:15pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Monday, September 24

12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, September 25

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, September 26

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Saturday, September 22

3:20pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:55pm, 8:30pm, 9:25pm, 10:50pm

Sunday, September 23

10:30am, 11:30am, 12:55pm, 1:55pm, 3:20pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:55pm, 8:30pm, 9:25pm

Monday, September 24

11:30am, 12:10pm, 1:55pm, 2:35pm, 4:25pm, 5:00pm, 6:55pm, 7:25pm, 9:25pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:30am, 12:00pm, 1:55pm, 2:25pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 7:25pm, 9:55pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:30am, 12:10pm, 1:55pm, 2:35pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:25pm, 10:10pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Saturday, September 22

2:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:10pm, 10:40pm

Sunday, September 23

11:15am, 1:55pm, 2:30pm, 4:35pm, 5:10pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 9:40pm, 10:10pm

Monday, September 24

12:20pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 8:50pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, September 25

12:20pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 8:50pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, September 26

12:20pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 8:50pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, September 27

12:20pm, 2:00pm, 5:15pm, 9:20pm, 10:10pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:50pm

Sunday, September 23

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Monday, September 24

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, September 27

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm, 11:00pm

Sunday, September 23

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Monday, September 24

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, September 27

1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, September 23

10:15am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Monday, September 24

10:15am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:15am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:15am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, September 27

10:15am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:25pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:35pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 23

10:00am, 11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:35pm, 10:30pm

Monday, September 24

10:00am, 11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:35pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:00am, 11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:35pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:00am, 11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 7:05pm, 8:00pm, 9:35pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, September 27

10:00am, 11:25am, 12:30pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Saturday, September 22

4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, September 23

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Monday, September 24

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, September 27

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Regal Escondido

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

Saturday, September 22

3:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, September 23

11:55am, 1:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm

Monday, September 24

11:55am, 1:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:55am, 1:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:55am, 1:00pm, 3:05pm, 4:20pm, 6:25pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Saturday, September 22

4:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:10pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, September 23

1:10pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Monday, September 24

1:10pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:10pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:10pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, September 27

1:10pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Saturday, September 22

2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 10:00pm

Sunday, September 23

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 10:00pm

Monday, September 24

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, September 27

11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:50pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Saturday, September 22

2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 23

11:55am, 1:45pm, 2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm

Monday, September 24

11:55am, 1:45pm, 2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:55am, 1:45pm, 2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:55am, 1:45pm, 2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, September 27

11:55am, 1:00pm, 2:55pm, 3:40pm, 5:50pm, 7:35pm, 8:45pm, 10:25pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Saturday, September 22

2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Sunday, September 23

10:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm

Monday, September 24

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:10pm, 6:00pm, 7:50pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:10pm, 6:00pm, 7:50pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:10pm, 6:00pm, 7:50pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, September 27

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 10:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Saturday, September 22

4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 23

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Monday, September 24

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, September 27

11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:30pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:40pm

Sunday, September 23

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Monday, September 24

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Thursday, September 27

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

4:15pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, September 23

1:40pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Monday, September 24

1:40pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:40pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:40pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Comments

SalULloyd Sept. 14, 2018 @ 1:04 p.m.

STuck with the misfit angle???Mmmaybe it was in the deleted scenes with pedo Steve Wilder???

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