Venom movie poster

Director Ruben Fleischer can’t be blamed for making a movie that tracks so closely with one released just a few weeks earlier (the equally clumsy Predator remake from Shane Black): once again, we have an alien invader who decides, for whatever reason, to aid humanity in thwarting a full-scale invasion by his fellow aliens. But he can probably be blamed for the clumsiness — the vacillating tone that pings between lowbrow slapstick and sci-fi horror; the slippery, slip-shod nature of the relationship between the black-goo alien and his host, disgraced reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy, acting like a live-action cartoon); the hacky dialogue, which sports clichés like “You look like shit” and “You and I are not so different;” and the dim, deadly visuals. The Venom symbiote requires a perfect match to bond with its host; otherwise, the host is doomed. The Venom movie plays like a midnight horror feature that has invaded a superhero movie, and while there are some laffs to be had — Hardy’s delivery is excellent, and his discussions with the growly alien voice in his head are suitably zany — it’s far from a perfect match. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Classic River Village 6

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

Wednesday, October 17

3:15pm, 7:15pm

Thursday, October 18

3:45pm, 7:30pm

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

Thursday, October 18

11:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:15am, 12:05pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm

AMC Otay Ranch

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

Wednesday, October 17

1:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm, 8:45pm

AMC Palm Promenade

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

Wednesday, October 17

12:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, October 18

12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:05pm, 2:50pm, 4:10pm, 6:00pm, 11:30pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

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

Wednesday, October 17

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

Friday, October 19

10:45am, 12:10pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:40pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, October 20

10:45am, 12:10pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:40pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, October 21

10:45am, 12:10pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:40pm, 10:30pm

AMC Poway 10

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

Wednesday, October 17

4:45pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, October 18

4:45pm, 7:45pm

Friday, October 19

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

Saturday, October 20

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Sunday, October 21

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Monday, October 22

12:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, October 23

12:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, October 24

12:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

AMC Temecula 10

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

Wednesday, October 17

2:30pm, 5:20pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, October 18

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

Angelika Film Center & Café

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

Wednesday, October 17

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 7:10pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm, 10:40pm

Thursday, October 18

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:00pm, 10:40pm

Friday, October 19

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Saturday, October 20

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, October 21

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Monday, October 22

11:05am, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, October 23

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, October 24

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, October 25

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:55pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

ArcLight La Jolla

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

Wednesday, October 17

10:40am, 12:40pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, October 18

10:40am, 12:40pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:25pm, 10:15pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

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

Wednesday, October 17

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

Thursday, October 18

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

Friday, October 19

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm, 11:50pm

Saturday, October 20

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm, 11:50pm

Sunday, October 21

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Monday, October 22

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, October 23

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Wednesday, October 24

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:10pm

Cinépolis La Costa

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

Wednesday, October 17

12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, October 18

12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Friday, October 19

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Saturday, October 20

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Sunday, October 21

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 8:55pm

Monday, October 22

12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, October 23

12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, October 24

12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

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

Wednesday, October 17

10:35am, 11:05am, 11:40am, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:20pm, 3:55pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm, 6:30pm, 7:05pm, 7:35pm, 9:00pm, 9:45pm, 10:05pm

Friday, October 19

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Saturday, October 20

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Sunday, October 21

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Monday, October 22

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Tuesday, October 23

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, October 24

11:35am, 12:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 5:35pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm, 9:55pm, 10:45pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:05am, 12:15pm, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:20pm, 5:55pm, 6:25pm, 7:00pm, 7:35pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, October 18

11:05am, 12:15pm, 12:40pm, 2:00pm, 2:50pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 9:45pm, 11:05pm

Friday, October 19

10:30am, 11:30am, 1:20pm, 2:25pm, 4:10pm, 5:15pm, 7:05pm, 8:05pm, 10:05pm, 10:50pm

Saturday, October 20

10:00am, 10:50am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 5:15pm, 7:05pm, 8:05pm, 10:05pm, 10:50pm

Sunday, October 21

10:30am, 1:20pm, 2:25pm, 4:10pm, 5:15pm, 7:05pm, 8:05pm, 10:05pm, 10:50pm

Monday, October 22

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:45pm, 2:25pm, 4:35pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:05pm, 10:30pm, 10:50pm

Tuesday, October 23

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:45pm, 2:25pm, 4:35pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:05pm, 10:30pm, 10:50pm

LOT

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

Wednesday, October 17

12:15pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, October 18

12:15pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:15pm

LOT: Liberty Station

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

Wednesday, October 17

12:20pm, 3:00pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, October 18

12:20pm, 3:00pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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

Wednesday, October 17

10:05am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:50pm, 5:45pm, 7:25pm, 8:20pm, 9:55pm, 10:50pm

Thursday, October 18

10:05am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:50pm, 5:45pm, 7:25pm, 8:20pm, 9:55pm, 10:50pm

Friday, October 19

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Saturday, October 20

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, October 21

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Monday, October 22

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, October 23

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, October 24

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, October 25

10:20am, 11:50am, 2:30pm, 3:50pm, 5:10pm, 7:50pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:05am, 12:05pm, 1:55pm, 2:55pm, 4:35pm, 5:35pm, 7:10pm, 8:10pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, October 18

11:05am, 12:05pm, 1:55pm, 2:55pm, 5:35pm, 8:10pm, 10:15pm

Friday, October 19

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Saturday, October 20

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, October 21

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Monday, October 22

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, October 23

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, October 24

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, October 25

11:05am, 1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, October 18

11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Regal Escondido

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:55am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:55pm, 9:40pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Wednesday, October 17

1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Thursday, October 18

1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Wednesday, October 17

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

Thursday, October 18

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

Friday, October 19

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

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:55am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:50pm, 3:55pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, October 18

11:55am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:50pm, 3:55pm, 5:05pm, 6:10pm, 7:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm

Friday, October 19

11:25am, 1:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:25pm

Saturday, October 20

11:25am, 1:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:25pm

Sunday, October 21

11:25am, 1:10pm, 4:15pm, 6:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:25pm

Monday, October 22

11:40am, 1:10pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, October 23

11:40am, 1:10pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, October 24

11:40am, 1:10pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Thursday, October 25

11:40am, 1:10pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:25pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, October 18

12:00am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:15pm

Regal San Marcos

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

Wednesday, October 17

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, October 18

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm

Santee Drive In

10990 Woodside Avenue North, Santee, 619-448-7447 | Directions

Wednesday, October 17

8:00pm

Thursday, October 18

12:05am, 8:00pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

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

Wednesday, October 17

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm

Thursday, October 18

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Wednesday, October 17

1:45pm, 7:05pm

Thursday, October 18

1:45pm, 7:05pm

Friday, October 19

1:00pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Saturday, October 20

10:15am, 1:00pm, 7:05pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, October 21

1:00pm, 7:05pm

Monday, October 22

1:10pm, 7:05pm

Tuesday, October 23

1:10pm, 7:05pm

Wednesday, October 24

1:10pm, 7:05pm

Thursday, October 25

1:10pm, 7:05pm

Vintage Village Theatre

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

Wednesday, October 17

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

Thursday, October 18

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

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