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The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie

Directed by Chris McKay. Voices by Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Hector Elizondo, Channing Tatum, Mariah Carey. (2017, PG, 104 min.)

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Everything is Batman in this boisterously entertaining cousin of the awesome The LEGO Movie, which snuck under the radar three years ago to become a cultural phenomenon. Channeling D.C. Comics, Christopher Nolan, and campy Sixties television, The LEGO Batman Movie elevates Emmet Brickowski’s sidekick in the original film to leading masked man in this fun-for-all follow-up that deconstructs the action hero’s brooding vigilante persona, brick-by-brick. It’s as if the Dark Knight somehow mated with the Caped Crusader, spawning a gravel-voiced bro-child (Arnett, brilliantly channeling Christian Bale) with relationship issues of every kind. (To quote the Man in Black, “Batman doesn’t do ’ships.”) The movie also serves as an origin story introducing youthful ward Dick Grayson and spunky police commissioner Barbara Gordon (aka Robin and Batgirl, respectively) to flesh out the cadre of Gotham City crime fighters our loner hero eventually learns to rely upon in the name of teamwork. Even droll Alfred the butler gets in on the act to save the city, when he’s not providing a winking running narrative on Batman cinematic mythology. (Observing his boss moping around once again, he notes: “Sir, I have seen you go through similar phases in 2016 and 2012 and 2008 and 2005 and 1997 and 1995 and 1992 and 1989 and that weird one in 1966.”) From the hilarious commentary on studio logos and ominous soundtracks as the movie begins, to the feel-good sing-along before the end credits roll, it’s a rat-a-tat-tat animated comedy that rarely lets up, clever and silly and funny, and yes, a bit batty.

Where the 2014 feature film by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller sneakily posed the individuality-vs.-conformity dilemma often faced by a Lego Master Builder (“To follow the instructions or not to follow the instructions: That is the question.”), the titular interlocking plastic toy is only indirectly self-referenced here in an ab-crunching finale about the interconnectivity of us all. It’s a brief shout-out, but one sufficient to invoke the spirit of the building blocks upon which the film is assembled, though the original still reigns supreme in that respect. The LEGO Batman Movie looks a tad slick, appearing to abandon the mix of painstaking stop-motion and CG animation (plus actual Lego sets) that gave its predecessor a perfectly scruffy three-dimensional appearance, even without 3-D glasses. This visual flatness is distracting, but not enough to dampen the loony energy of a film that includes everyone from the Joker to Godzilla to Superman to Bane to the Eye of Sauron (and more!) in its good vs. evil, all-star cast. The future sure looks bright for the LEGO movie franchise. As the Boy Wonder might say: “Holy Sequels, Batman! What next?”

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy  512/306-1991

www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

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CC/DVS: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:30

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CC/DVS: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:30

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CC/DVS: 11:30am, 2:30, 5:30

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CC/DVS: 11:30am, 2:30, 5:30

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CC/DVS: 11:30am, 2:30, 5:30

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

12812 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave  800/326-3264

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FRI MAR 24

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digital: 6:45, 9:35

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digital: 10:20am, 1:05, 3:50, 6:45, 9:35

WED MAR 29

digital: 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

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digital: 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

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digital: 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

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MON MAR 27

digital: 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

TUE MAR 28

digital: 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

WED MAR 29

digital: 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

THU MAR 30

digital: 1:25

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

FRI MAR 24

digital: 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15

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City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

FRI MAR 24

10:45am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

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10:45am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

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1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

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1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

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1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

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1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

THU MAR 30

1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:10

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

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12:20, 2:50, 5:15

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12:20, 2:50, 5:15

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2:50, 5:15

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12:20, 2:50, 5:15

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12:20, 2:50, 5:15

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12:20, 2:50, 5:15

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake  512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

FRI MAR 24

CC/DVS: 12:15, 2:50, 5:20

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WED MAR 29

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Metropolitan

901 Little Texas  512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

FRI MAR 24

CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40

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CC/DVS: 12:50, 3:40
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