Wife movie poster

Joan (Glenn Close) accompanies her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) on a trip to Sweden to pick up his Nobel Prize for Literature. If foreshadowing isn’t your strong suit, which is clearly the case for Swedish director Björn Runge, why bother to introduce an element of mystery? It’s obvious where this is going when, at the five-minute mark, Pryce insists upon Close listening in on the extension when the call from Stockholm arrives. A why-they-dunit outdoes a whodunit at every turn. It might not have been so bad had the road to the big reveal been paved with insight and originality, but other than the performances, there is nothing here audiences haven’t seen more times than they have their own feet. Helping to turn an already miserable trip into an even bigger downer are Christian Slater as a bothersome biographer looking to stir the shit between husband and wife and Max Irons rounding out the bottom half of a second-rate father-son rivalry 2018.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

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

Saturday, September 22

8:00pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, September 23

9:30pm

Monday, September 24

2:10pm, 4:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm

Tuesday, September 25

2:30pm, 5:10pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

2:10pm, 4:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Saturday, September 22

8:00pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, September 23

10:25am, 12:45pm, 3:10pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:25pm

Monday, September 24

10:25am, 12:45pm, 3:10pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, September 25

10:25am, 12:45pm, 3:10pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, September 26

10:25am, 12:45pm, 3:10pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, September 27

10:25am, 12:45pm, 3:10pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

7:25pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, September 23

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm

Monday, September 24

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, September 25

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, September 26

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, September 27

1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

8:30pm

Sunday, September 23

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Monday, September 24

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, September 27

2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

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