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Cars 3

Directed by Brian Fee. Voices by Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Armie Hammer, Ray Magliozzi, Tony Shalhoub, Bonnie Hunt, Bob Costas, Cheech Marin, Paul Newman. (2017, G, 109 min.)

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., June 16, 2017

Pixar’s anthropomorphic automobile franchise may be the least-loved of all of the groundbreaking animation studios’ movies so far, but the kiddie set continues to love it no matter how low the storylines’ MPE (miles per entertainment) drops. Having said that, you can nearly always count on even the least of Pixar’s projects to be better and more thoughtful than any of their rivals, and that remains the case here. Adults will instantly notice that Cars 3 begs, borrows, and steals bits and pieces from everything from Moneyball to virtually the entire Rocky Balboa series to tell this iteration’s tale of aging hero race car Lightning McQueen (Wilson) coming to grips with the fact that he’s not the badass speed racer he used to be. This is an interesting/odd take on the Cars universe, seeing as how this is a movie squarely aimed at pre-teens who likely have no concept of aging, let alone four-wheeled mortality, or for that matter Joseph Campbell’s monomythic “Hero’s Journey.”

Retreading aside, Pixar’s animation gleams and rivets the eyes for nearly every moment of this comeback-kid semi-comedy. By now, that’s a given. Their attention to background animation, be it, gravel, mud, or chunks of steel-belted radial tire debris coming at you in 3-D – employed to great, subtle effect here – fires on all cylinders, and the voice acting is bang-on (including that of the late Paul Newman and Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk, who is also no longer laughing his contagious guffaws along this mortal wavelength).

The story, from a sextet of Disney/Pixar scribes, has a much less firm grip on the track. Subplotted between the main issue of Lightning getting his mojo back (or not) is a strangely unfulfilling pseudo-romance between that little engine that could and his new trainer, a lemon-yellow Porsche that goes by the name of Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo). There’s a thready theme of female empowerment here that feels tacked on, although bumper-to-bumper, it’s really Lightning’s story almost all the way to the checkered flag. While I can’t recommend Cars 3 to any parents I know, their offspring will have a ball viewing all the eye candy up on the big screen. As Lightning McQueen comes to realize, obsolescence is a bitch, but that doesn’t mean you’re headed to the junkyard anytime soon.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N.  512/861-7070

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline

SUN JUN 25

1:55, 5:20, 7:05, 10:05
AFA: 10:20am

MON JUN 26

10:20am, 1:55, 5:20, 10:05, 11:05

TUE JUN 27

5:20, 11:05
AFA: 10:20am, 1:55

WED JUN 28

11:35am, 2:25, 5:25, 7:35, 10:25

Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich #120  512/572-1425

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/mueller

SUN JUN 25

1:30, 4:35, 7:25, 8:30
AFA: 11:20am
Family Party: 10:30am

MON JUN 26

11:15am, 2:15, 5:15, 8:15, 10:15

TUE JUN 27

2:15, 5:15, 8:15, 10:40
AFA: 11:15am

WED JUN 28

10:20am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter  512/861-7060

drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

SUN JUN 25

1:05, 3:05, 6:25, 9:15
AFA: 11:10am

MON JUN 26

11:50am, 1:40, 2:50, 6:00, 9:10

TUE JUN 27

4:15, 6:00, 9:10
AFA: 11:10am, 1:10

WED JUN 28

11:55am, 2:55, 6:00, 9:05

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 S. Lamar  512/861-7040

drafthouse.com/theater/south-lamar

SUN JUN 25

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:55, 10:45

MON JUN 26

12:50, 3:50, 7:55, 10:45

TUE JUN 27

4:15, 6:10, 9:00
AFA: 1:25

WED JUN 28

12:55, 4:00, 6:00, 9:00

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.

SUN JUN 25

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:50
CC/DVS: 10:40am, 1:40, 3:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

MON JUN 26

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:50
CC/DVS: 10:40am, 1:40, 3:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

TUE JUN 27

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:50
CC/DVS: 10:40am, 1:40, 3:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

WED JUN 28

3-D, CC/DVS: 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:50
CC/DVS: 10:40am, 1:40, 3:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 2:00, 4:50, 10:20
digital: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:40, 9:20

MON JUN 26

3-D: 2:00, 4:50, 10:20
digital: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:40, 9:20

TUE JUN 27

3-D: 2:00, 4:50, 10:20
digital: 11:00am, 7:40

Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14

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

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

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 2:45, 5:35, 8:20
digital: 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50

MON JUN 26

3-D: 2:45, 5:35, 8:20
digital: 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 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.

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 12:30, 6:10
digital: 10:30am, 1:25, 3:20, 4:25, 7:15, 8:55, 10:05

MON JUN 26

3-D: 12:30, 6:10
digital: 10:30am, 1:25, 3:20, 4:25, 7:15, 8:55, 10:05

TUE JUN 27

3-D: 12:30, 6:10
digital: 10:30am, 1:25, 3:20, 4:25, 7:15, 8:55, 10:05

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35  800/326-3264

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

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 11:30am, 10:45
digital: 10:15am, 1:10, 2:20, 4:00, 5:15, 6:50, 8:00, 9:45

MON JUN 26

3-D: 11:30am, 10:45
digital: 10:15am, 1:10, 2:20, 4:00, 5:15, 6:50, 8:00, 9:45

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

www.cinemark.com

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 10:00am, 5:30, 10:00
digital: 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 7:00, 8:30

MON JUN 26

3-D: 10:00am, 5:30, 10:00
digital: 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 7:00, 8:30

TUE JUN 27

3-D: 10:00am, 5:30, 10:00
digital: 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 7:00, 8:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown  512/868-9922

SUN JUN 25

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:25, 9:50, 10:10
3-D: 4:30

MON JUN 26

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:25, 9:50, 10:10
3-D: 4:30

TUE JUN 27

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:25, 9:50, 10:10
3-D: 4:30

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle  512/523-9009

www.evo-entertainment.com

SUN JUN 25

11:00am, 1:35, 2:10, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 7:35, 9:25, 10:15

MON JUN 26

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:35, 2:10, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 7:35, 9:25, 10:15

TUE JUN 27

11:30am, 1:35, 2:10, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 7:35, 9:25, 10:15

Flix Brewhouse

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

www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

SUN JUN 25

CC: 10:00am, 11:15am, 1:15, 2:45, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15

MON JUN 26

CC: 10:00am, 11:15am, 1:15, 2:45, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15

TUE JUN 27

CC: 10:00am, 12:30, 1:15, 4:00, 8:00, 10:15

WED JUN 28

CC: 10:00am, 2:45, 5:45, 7:15, 10:15

THU JUN 29

CC: 11:30am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:45, 11:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville  512/467-7305

www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

SUN JUN 25

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 11:00am, 12:00, 1:30, 2:25, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00

MON JUN 26

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 1:30, 2:25, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00

TUE JUN 27

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 1:30, 2:25, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00

WED JUN 28

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 1:30, 2:25, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00

THU JUN 29

ClosedCap;DescListen;HI: 12:00, 1:30, 2:25, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00

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.

SUN JUN 25

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00
CC/DVS: 1:25, 4:15, 6:45, 9:40

MON JUN 26

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00
CC/DVS: 1:25, 4:15, 6:45, 9:40

TUE JUN 27

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00
CC/DVS: 1:25, 4:15, 6:45, 9:40

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart  512/398-4100

www.hometowncinemas.com

SUN JUN 25

11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25

MON JUN 26

11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25

TUE JUN 27

11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25

WED JUN 28

11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza  512/568-3400

www.ipic.com

SUN JUN 25

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30

MON JUN 26

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30

TUE JUN 27

12:30, 3:45, 7:00

WED JUN 28

12:30, 3:45, 7:00

THU JUN 29

12:30, 3:45, 7:00

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.

SUN JUN 25

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:20
CC/DVS: 1:50, 4:40, 7:50, 10:35

MON JUN 26

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:20
CC/DVS: 1:50, 4:40, 7:50, 10:35

TUE JUN 27

3-D, CC/DVS: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:20
CC/DVS: 1:50, 4:40, 7:50, 10:35

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B  512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

SUN JUN 25

9:50am, 12:00, 12:55, 3:00, 3:30, 3:55, 4:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00

MON JUN 26

9:50am, 12:00, 12:55, 3:00, 3:30, 3:55, 4:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00

TUE JUN 27

12:00, 12:55, 3:00, 3:30, 3:55, 4:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00

WED JUN 28

9:50am, 12:00, 12:55, 3:00, 3:55, 4:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00

THU JUN 29

9:50am, 12:00, 12:55, 3:00, 3:55, 4:45, 6:00, 9:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop  512/321-0123

www.schulmantheatres.com

SUN JUN 25

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

MON JUN 26

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

TUE JUN 27

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

WED JUN 28

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

THU JUN 29

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

SUN JUN 25

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

MON JUN 26

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

TUE JUN 27

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

WED JUN 28

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

THU JUN 29

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

SUN JUN 25

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:35, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 9:25, 10:15
3-D: 2:10, 7:35

MON JUN 26

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:35, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 9:25, 10:15
3-D: 2:10, 7:35

TUE JUN 27

11:00am, 11:30am, 1:35, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 9:25, 10:15
3-D: 2:10, 7:35

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.

SUN JUN 25

3-D: 2:35, 8:15
digital: 10:20am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:50

MON JUN 26

3-D: 2:35, 8:15
digital: 10:20am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40

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.

SUN JUN 25

CC/DVS: 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:20, 2:20, 3:55, 6:00, 7:00, 8:35, 9:35

MON JUN 26

CC/DVS: 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:20, 2:20, 3:55, 6:00, 7:00, 8:35, 9:35

TUE JUN 27

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 10:45am, 12:35, 1:20, 3:55, 6:00, 7:20, 8:35, 9:55

WED JUN 28

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 10:15am, 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:10, 6:45, 7:40, 9:20, 10:15

THU JUN 29

CC/DVS: 10:00am, 10:15am, 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30
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