The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

2017, PG, 91 min. Directed by Cal Brunker. Voices by Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Peter Stormare, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

You could, if you chose, scan this sequel to 2014’s The Nut Job as a genuinely subversive attack on capitalism that also doubles as much-less-animated-than-Al Gore polemic vis-à-vis humanity’s omnivorous anti-environmental impulses toward the natural world. But why bother when there’s a purple squirrel named Surly (Arnett), his gal pal Andie (Heigl), and a horde of Shaolin mice led by the ferocious – don’t call him “cute,” whatever you do – Mr. Feng (Chan) teaming up to fight off the greedy mayor (Moynihan) who’s planning to turn their beautiful park into a shoddy, for-profit amusement park? The lesson here is cooperation, not competition, and while this Korean/American/Canadian co-production is just right for the peanut gallery, moms and dads should get a (slight) kick out of it as well.

Longtime animated rodent fans will notice a striking similarity between top squirrel Surly and his goofy rat friend Buddy and Warner Bros.’ classic Pinky and the Brain, but this tale of various woodland and city-dwelling critters banding together to fend off a common enemy is far better suited to its intended preadolescent audiences that P&B’s highbrow riffing on The Third Man, aka The Third Mouse. Instead, The Nut Job 2 is colorful, kid-friendly, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. ’Nuff said.

Showtimes

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.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 10:30
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 10:30
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 10:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 24

digital 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 11:25am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 11:25am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:15, 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.

Tue., Aug. 22

3-D 9:20
digital 1:20, 3:55, 6:45

Wed., Aug. 23

3-D 9:20
digital 1:20, 3:55, 6:45

Thu., Aug. 24

digital 1:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

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

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 11:20am, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 11:20am, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Tue., Aug. 22

1:05, 3:50, 6:15, 9:05

Wed., Aug. 23

1:05, 3:50, 6:15, 9:05

Thu., Aug. 24

1:05, 3:50, 6:15, 9:05

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Tue., Aug. 22

11:10am, 1:35, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 23

11:10am, 1:35, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Thu., Aug. 24

11:10am, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Tue., Aug. 22

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 23

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 24

CC 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 10:30

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.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:10
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:10
DescListen;HI 4:25, 6:45, 9:00

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:10
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:10
DescListen;HI 4:25, 6:45, 9:00

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:10
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:10
DescListen;HI 4:25, 6:45, 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.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 5:25, 8:15

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 5:25, 8:15

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00

Hometown Cinemas

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

Tue., Aug. 22

11:55am, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00

Wed., Aug. 23

11:55am, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00

Thu., Aug. 24

11:55am, 2:15, 4:30, 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.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:20, 6:45

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:20, 6:45

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:20, 6:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Tue., Aug. 22

10:05am, 2:10, 4:50, 5:15, 7:50

Wed., Aug. 23

9:45am, 10:05am, 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 5:15, 7:50

Thu., Aug. 24

9:45am, 10:05am, 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 5:15, 7:50

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Tue., Aug. 22

10:20am, 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50

Wed., Aug. 23

10:20am, 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50

Thu., Aug. 24

10:20am, 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 22

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

Wed., Aug. 23

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

Thu., Aug. 24

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Tue., Aug. 22

11:10am, 1:35, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 23

11:10am, 1:35, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Thu., Aug. 24

11:10am, 1:35, 4:25, 6:50, 9:15

Tinseltown North

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

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

Tue., Aug. 22

3-D 5:10
digital 11:50am, 2:30, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 23

3-D 5:10
digital 11:50am, 2:30, 7:50, 10:30

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.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 4:35, 7:00, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 4:35, 7:00, 9:15

Thu., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 4:35
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