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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen. (2017, PG-13, 126 min.)

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., May 12, 2017

Guy Ritchie’s superfluous King Arthur reboot stars Charlie Hunnam as the man who would be king, brought up to 21st century code with a lotta side crunches and wisecracking pals he calls his crew. Raised an orphan with no memory of his royal lineage, his Arthur fairly quickly pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone, but it takes a lot longer for him to agree to challenge the evil king Vortigern, who’s played by Jude Law in delicious eyeliner, layered extra-thick for whenever he’s playing extra-evil.

The action is generic and frequently incoherent. When Arthur puts two hands on Excalibur, Richie goes for a video game “power-up” aesthetic – swiveling camera, fetishistic slo-mos and hard stops. Legend of the Sword is wall-to-wall CGI, oppressively so, every frame crammed with ones and zeroes that don’t add up to much of anything. By contrast, Annie Symons’ costume design is tantalizingly tactile – chain mailed Vortigern’s eagle epaulet, and Arthur’s fetching leather hybrid of sherpa jacket and Western duster.

The future of Ritchie’s series – this is the first in a proposed six installments – likely hangs on Legend of the Sword’s box office success. Still, this opening salvo’s premature sequelitis saps its here-and-now entertainment value. Why kick the can with the love interest? Does Ritchie think he’s being cute with that under-construction Round Table? Hodgepodging bits from the Arthurian canon – a dash of Mordred here, a quick shake of the Lady of the Lake there, and don’t forget the shout-out to OG Merlin – Ritchie and his co-writers forge a faux-historical storyline with amusing (if never truly witty) punch lines and heavy supernatural elements, but utterly fail at conveying … well, the magic of this oft-told tale. Nothing here excites the imagination, conveys the rich romance of the legend, or even sticks in the brain after you’ve unstuck your feet from the movie theatre floor. The story never drags – it’s too frenetically paced for that – but it’s still kind of a drag.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.  512/861-7070

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline

FRI MAY 26

10:20am, 2:00, 5:05, 8:10

SAT MAY 27

10:20am, 2:00, 5:05, 8:10, 11:25

SUN MAY 28

10:20am, 2:00, 5:05, 8:10, 11:25

MON MAY 29

10:20am, 2:00, 5:05, 8:10, 11:25

TUE MAY 30

5:05, 8:10, 11:20
AFA: 1:30

WED MAY 31

5:05, 8:10, 11:20

Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich #120  512/572-1425

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/mueller

FRI MAY 26

11:00am

SAT MAY 27

11:45am

SUN MAY 28

10:30am

MON MAY 29

12:10

TUE MAY 30

AFA: 11:35am

WED MAY 31

3:30

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 S. Lamar  512/861-7040

drafthouse.com/theater/south-lamar

FRI MAY 26

2:50, 6:00

SAT MAY 27

3:05, 6:15

SUN MAY 28

11:45am, 6:00

MON MAY 29

12:25, 3:35, 6:45

TUE MAY 30

2:50, 6:00, 9:05
AFA: 12:45

WED MAY 31

12:00, 3:10, 10:20

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.

FRI MAY 26

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

SAT MAY 27

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

SUN MAY 28

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

MON MAY 29

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

TUE MAY 30

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

WED MAY 31

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 6:15
CC/DVS: 3:00, 9:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park  800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

FRI MAY 26

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 9:50am, 4:10, 7:20

SAT MAY 27

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 9:50am, 4:10, 7:20

SUN MAY 28

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 9:50am, 4:10, 7:20

MON MAY 29

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 9:50am, 4:10, 7:20

TUE MAY 30

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 4:10, 7:20

WED MAY 31

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 4:10, 7:20

THU JUN 01

3-D: 1:00, 10:20
digital: 4:10, 7:20

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

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

www.cinemark.com/theater_showtimes.asp?theater_id=377

FRI MAY 26

digital: 6:40, 9:50

SAT MAY 27

digital: 6:40, 9:50

SUN MAY 28

digital: 6:40, 9:50

MON MAY 29

digital: 6:40, 9:50

TUE MAY 30

digital: 6:40, 9:50

WED MAY 31

digital: 6:40, 9:50

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.

FRI MAY 26

digital: 10:00am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

SAT MAY 27

digital: 10:00am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

SUN MAY 28

digital: 10:00am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

MON MAY 29

digital: 10:00am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

TUE MAY 30

digital: 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

WED MAY 31

digital: 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

THU JUN 01

digital: 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

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 MAY 26

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

SAT MAY 27

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

SUN MAY 28

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

MON MAY 29

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

TUE MAY 30

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

WED MAY 31

digital: 10:15am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., Pflugerville  512/251-0938

www.cinemark.com

FRI MAY 26

digital: 4:30

SAT MAY 27

digital: 10:00am, 4:50

SUN MAY 28

digital: 10:00am, 4:50

MON MAY 29

digital: 10:00am, 4:50

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

FRI MAY 26

10:25am, 1:40, 4:45, 8:10

SAT MAY 27

10:25am, 1:40, 4:45, 8:10

SUN MAY 28

1:40, 4:45, 8:10

MON MAY 29

1:40, 4:45, 8:10

TUE MAY 30

1:40, 4:45, 8:10

WED MAY 31

1:40, 4:45, 8:10

THU JUN 01

1:40, 4:45, 8:10

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

www.evo-entertainment.com

FRI MAY 26

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

SAT MAY 27

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

SUN MAY 28

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

MON MAY 29

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

TUE MAY 30

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

WED MAY 31

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock  512/244-3549

www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

FRI MAY 26

CC: 8:30

SAT MAY 27

CC: 8:30

SUN MAY 28

CC: 8:30

MON MAY 29

CC: 8:30

TUE MAY 30

CC: 8:30

WED MAY 31

CC: 8:30

THU JUN 01

CC: 9:00

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 MAY 26

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 6:15, 9:50

SAT MAY 27

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 6:15, 9:50

SUN MAY 28

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 6:15, 9:50

MON MAY 29

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 6:15, 9:50

TUE MAY 30

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 9:50

WED MAY 31

CC/DVS: 12:05, 3:10, 6:15, 9:50

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza  512/568-3400

www.ipic.com

FRI MAY 26

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

SAT MAY 27

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

SUN MAY 28

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

MON MAY 29

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

TUE MAY 30

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

WED MAY 31

11:15am, 2:45, 6:10, 9:35

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop  512/321-0123

www.schulmantheatres.com

FRI MAY 26

8:00

SAT MAY 27

8:00

SUN MAY 28

8:00

MON MAY 29

8:00

TUE MAY 30

8:00

WED MAY 31

8:00

THU JUN 01

8:00

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 MAY 26

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

SAT MAY 27

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

SUN MAY 28

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

MON MAY 29

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

TUE MAY 30

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

WED MAY 31

CC/DVS: 7:00, 10:05

THU JUN 01

CC/DVS: 10:05

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

FRI MAY 26

5:00, 8:30

SAT MAY 27

5:00, 8:30

SUN MAY 28

5:00, 8:30

MON MAY 29

5:00, 8:30

TUE MAY 30

5:00, 8:30

WED MAY 31

5:00, 8:30

THU JUN 01

5:00, 8:30

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

FRI MAY 26

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

SAT MAY 27

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

SUN MAY 28

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

MON MAY 29

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

TUE MAY 30

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

WED MAY 31

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

THU JUN 01

11:20am, 4:30, 9:35

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos  512/805-8000

FRI MAY 26

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

SAT MAY 27

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

SUN MAY 28

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

MON MAY 29

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

TUE MAY 30

12:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

WED MAY 31

12:10, 4:10, 10:10

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville  512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

FRI MAY 26

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

SAT MAY 27

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

SUN MAY 28

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

MON MAY 29

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

TUE MAY 30

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

WED MAY 31

digital: 12:20, 3:35, 6:50

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd  512/899-2717

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

FRI MAY 26

CC/DVS: 4:45, 10:00

SAT MAY 27

CC/DVS: 4:45, 10:00

SUN MAY 28

CC/DVS: 4:45, 10:00

MON MAY 29

CC/DVS: 4:45, 10:00

TUE MAY 30

CC/DVS: 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30

WED MAY 31

CC/DVS: 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30

THU JUN 01

CC/DVS: 2:00, 4:50
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