Paddington 2

Paddington 2

2018, PG, 103 min. Directed by Paul King. Starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Imelda Staunton.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Oh, Paddington, I adore you. Everyone’s favorite Peruvian-born, London-bred, furry, friendly, and above all civil and immeasurably kind (albeit frequently nonplussed) little bear returns in this sequel to 2014’s perfectly executed origin story. As sequels go, Paddington 2 is up to the challenge. It’s neck and neck, or paw and claw as to which is the better, so why not just watch both back to back? That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend, anyway.

The script by director King and Simon Farnaby presents a lively, engaging story without overdoing it. Paddington is still a member of the Brown household (actors Bonneville, Hawkins, Joslin, Harris, and Walters’ Scottish nanny Mrs. Bird all return) in picturesque West London, but this time out the plot revolves around his attempt to find a suitable 100th birthday present for his beloved Aunt Lucy back in South America. To that end, he finds a vintage and valuable pop-up book of 19th century Londinium attractions at Mr. Gruber’s (Broadbent) antiques shop. Resolved, he begins saving his pennies, but before you can say “Crikey, Hugh Grant is getting long in the tooth,” his aging and vain actor-next-door Phoenix Buchanan makes off with the gorgeous tome. Poor Paddington is collared for the theft and winds up doing hard time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Oh no!

Oh yes, but this is Paddington who, after a minor mishap involving doing his fellow prisoners' laundry and one stray red sock – the surly inmates are thus forced to sport fetchingly pink prison garb for the rest of the movie – befriends the fearsome chef Knuckles McGinty (Gleeson) by schooling him in the finer points of making a marmalade, and pretty soon the whole gang is doing the conga. I would expect nothing less from this exemplary bear.

Like its predecessor, this Paddington redux touches on societal themes in subtle-smart fashion. While Paddington gently grappled with the very real-world fear of immigrants to British shores (Oi! Brexit! Sod off!), this film addresses the currently lacking imperatives of civility, and the small kindnesses that are the bulwark against our baser natures. Mainly, though, Paddington 2 is a comic triumph chock-full of slapstick, heart, and hope. Well done, Mr. Paddington Brown, well done.

Showtimes

Tue., Jan. 16

2:40, 6:00, 9:30
AFA 11:15am

Wed., Jan. 17

11:15am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:30

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.

Tue., Jan. 16

2:10, 5:00, 6:00, 9:00
AFA 11:25am

Wed., Jan. 17

11:15am, 2:00, 4:20, 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.

Tue., Jan. 16

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 5:10, 7:40

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 5:10, 7:40

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 2:30, 5:10, 7:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

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

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

Tue., Jan. 16

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45
digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45
digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., Jan. 16

digital 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10
digital, luxury lounger 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10
digital, luxury lounger 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10

Thu., Jan. 18

digital 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10
digital, luxury lounger 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10

Tue., Jan. 16

digital 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

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., Jan. 16

digital 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

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., Jan. 16

digital 11:15am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 11:15am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Tue., Jan. 16

digital 12:50, 3:55, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:50, 3:55, 6:30, 9:00

Thu., Jan. 18

digital 12:50, 3:55, 6:30, 9:00

City Lights Theatre

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

Tue., Jan. 16

12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10

Wed., Jan. 17

12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10

Thu., Jan. 18

12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10

EVO Entertainment

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

Tue., Jan. 16

11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

Wed., Jan. 17

11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

Flix Brewhouse

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

Tue., Jan. 16

CC 12:00, 1:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:30, 11:00

Wed., Jan. 17

CC 12:00, 1:00, 4:00, 7:30, 11:00

Thu., Jan. 18

CC 1:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:30, 11:00

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., Jan. 16

CC/DL/HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DL/HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DL/HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:25, 3:15, 6:35, 9:05

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., Jan. 16

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35
CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35
CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35
CC/DVS 12:00, 12:00, 2:40, 2:40, 5:15, 5:15, 8:00, 8:00, 10:35, 10:35

Hometown Cinemas

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

Tue., Jan. 16

11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:00

Wed., Jan. 17

11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:00

Thu., Jan. 18

11:40am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:00

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Tue., Jan. 16

12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

Wed., Jan. 17

12:45, 4:00, 10:15

Thu., Jan. 18

12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25

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., Jan. 16

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Tue., Jan. 16

10:40am, 12:35, 2:25, 3:30, 5:30, 8:30

Wed., Jan. 17

11:45am, 12:35, 2:25, 3:30, 5:30, 8:30

Thu., Jan. 18

11:45am, 12:35, 2:25, 3:30, 5:30, 8:30

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Tue., Jan. 16

10:30am, 2:05, 5:00, 7:55

Wed., Jan. 17

10:30am, 2:05, 5:00, 7:55

Thu., Jan. 18

10:30am, 2:05, 5:00, 7:55

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Tue., Jan. 16

1:20, 3:50, 6:30

Wed., Jan. 17

1:20, 3:50, 6:30

Thu., Jan. 18

1:20, 3:50, 6:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Tue., Jan. 16

11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

Wed., Jan. 17

11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

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., Jan. 16

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 7:45, 10:15

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