The Upside 1.0 stars

Upside movie poster

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

Monday, February 18

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday, February 19

5:00pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

5:00pm, 8:00pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Monday, February 18

11:40am, 2:50pm, 6:10pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:40am, 2:50pm, 6:10pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:40am, 2:50pm, 6:10pm, 9:10pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Monday, February 18

1:15pm, 7:20pm

Tuesday, February 19

2:40pm, 5:45pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Monday, February 18

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm

Tuesday, February 19

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

3:15pm, 6:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Monday, February 18

4:25pm

Tuesday, February 19

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:10pm, 3:20pm, 6:25pm, 9:35pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Monday, February 18

11:15am, 2:15pm, 8:20pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:15am, 2:15pm, 8:20pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:15am, 2:15pm, 8:20pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Monday, February 18

12:10pm, 2:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, February 19

12:10pm, 2:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, February 20

12:10pm, 2:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:40pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Monday, February 18

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:25pm, 7:20pm

Tuesday, February 19

1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:45pm

Wednesday, February 20

2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Monday, February 18

10:45am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, February 19

10:45am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:45am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, February 21

10:45am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:40pm, 10:25pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Monday, February 18

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 9:55pm

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11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:25pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, February 21

11:10am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Monday, February 18

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

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1:45pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:45pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Monday, February 18

11:20am, 2:10pm

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11:20am, 2:10pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:20am, 2:10pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Monday, February 18

10:25am, 1:05pm, 3:50pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, February 19

10:25am, 1:05pm, 3:50pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, February 20

10:25am, 1:05pm, 3:50pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Monday, February 18

10:20am

Tuesday, February 19

11:05am

Wednesday, February 20

11:05am

Thursday, February 21

11:05am

LOT

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

Monday, February 18

1:45pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, February 19

1:45pm, 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

1:45pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, February 21

1:45pm, 7:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Monday, February 18

11:30am, 2:30pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:15am, 2:15pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:30am, 2:30pm

Thursday, February 21

11:15am, 2:15pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Monday, February 18

11:05am, 1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:05am, 1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:05am, 1:45pm, 4:25pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, February 21

11:05am, 1:45pm, 4:25pm, 7:10pm, 9:55pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Monday, February 18

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

Tuesday, February 19

12:50pm, 3:35pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, February 20

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

Thursday, February 21

1:10pm, 4:10pm, 10:25pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Monday, February 18

10:15am, 1:20pm, 4:50pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

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1:20pm, 4:25pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

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12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

Thursday, February 21

12:40pm, 3:50pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

Regal Escondido

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

Monday, February 18

12:20pm, 3:25pm, 6:25pm, 9:25pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Monday, February 18

1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

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1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

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1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

Thursday, February 21

1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:20pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Monday, February 18

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

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11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, February 21

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Monday, February 18

6:35pm, 9:30pm

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6:35pm, 9:30pm

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6:35pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, February 21

6:35pm, 9:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Monday, February 18

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, February 21

11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Monday, February 18

11:55am, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, February 19

11:55am, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, February 20

11:55am, 3:05pm, 6:15pm, 9:25pm

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