The Upside 1.0 stars

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Director Neil Burger’s remake of the French hit The Intouchables tells the story of Phillip, an unhappy (but fabulously wealthy) quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) who decides to tempt fate by hiring the least competent life auxiliary he can find: Dell, a broke ex-con (Kevin Hart) who thought he was applying to be a janitor in Phillip’s building. Maybe this guy will honor his demand that no extraordinary measures be taken to revive him if he stops breathing, unlike his strangely devoted executive Yvonne (Nicole Kidman). The resulting drama is a strange sort of failure: the pair prove adept at underplaying off each other — minimal mugging from Hart, minimal intensity from Cranston — and they get any number of quiet moments just right. But the loud moments — there are several, and they are important, especially in a yarn as generally subdued as this one — they get weirdly wrong. Pasts are confronted, fortunes are raged against, and lives are changed; but it’s somehow hard to care. Something crucial is missing every time, and after a while, it’s hard not to wonder what got left on the cutting room floor. As part of its story, The Upside strives to make the case that opera is worth loving; it might have done well to borrow from the pathos and passion that help make it so. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

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

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AMC Fashion Valley

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

Friday, January 18

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AMC La Jolla

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

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AMC Mission Valley

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

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AMC Otay Ranch

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

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AMC Palm Promenade

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

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AMC Plaza Bonita

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

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AMC Poway 10

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

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AMC Temecula 10

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

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Angelika Film Center & Café

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

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ArcLight La Jolla

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

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Cinépolis Del Mar

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

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Cinépolis La Costa

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

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Cinépolis Vista

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

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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

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LOT

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

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LOT: Liberty Station

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

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Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

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Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

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Regal Carlsbad 12

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

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Regal Escondido

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

Friday, January 18

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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 del Rey

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

Friday, January 18

12:30pm, 3:00pm, 7:05pm, 10:10pm

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Friday, January 18

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

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Regal San Marcos

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

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Friday, January 18

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United Artists Horton Plaza

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

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