Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

2018, PG, 85 min. Directed by Richard Lanni. Voices by Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu, Helena Bonham Carter, Jordan Beck, Jason Ezzell, Guillaume Sentou, Jim Pharr.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., April 13, 2018

Refreshingly unsentimental and straightforward, this computer-animated film recalls the forgotten heroism of the purportedly most decorated dog in United States history, a brindle-colored Boston terrier mix who saved the lives of numerous American soldiers during the War to End All Wars a century ago. The official mascot of an infantry regiment on the Western Front, the Army promoted the unimaginatively named Stubby to the honorary rank of sergeant for his widely reported acts of bravery, which ranged from warning his squadron of deadly mustard gas attacks to sniffing out the bodies of wounded doughboys lying in the trenches dug in the French countryside. Although Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero takes a few liberties in its biographical account of this four-legged officer (why would you expect otherwise?), at heart it’s just a doggone, old-fashioned movie. There’s enough bark and bite here to rekindle baby-boomer memories of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, two furry matinee idols whose courageous exploits were undoubtedly inspired by this stray mutt who ended up on the front pages of newspapers around the world. They don’t make ‘em like Stubby anymore, that’s for sure.

No doubt, most kids will be charmed by this perky pup who could raise a front paw to salute on cue, a trick the real-life Stubby allegedly used to win over many of his comrades-in-arms, including a young George Patton. While the movie is neither explicitly violent or bloody, its wartime milieu may trigger anxiety in those sensitive youngsters easily frightened (or, at least puzzled) by men donning gas masks as a poisonous mist drifts toward them, or mud-covered torsos of injured combatants lying immobile on the ground following the explosion of a grenade. (Only one fatality is documented in the movie, and it’s subtly communicated without the view of a corpse.) On the flip side, the movie may engender a healthy dialogue with young audience members about this slice of early 20th century history. Most grownups will have a difficult time, however, explaining the film’s accurate depiction of continued fighting by all warring sides right up until Armistice Day, the date the warring nations designated as when the hostilities would officially end. The seemingly unnecessary loss of countless lives during those final days of World War I, a metaphorical no man’s land created by the stroke of a pen, defies any rational comprehension, no matter what your age may be.

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.

Fri., April 20

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Sat., April 21

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Sun., April 22

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Mon., April 23

AMC Independent;Recliners;Reserved Seating 2:50
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Tue., April 24

AMC Independent;Recliners;Reserved Seating 2:50
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Wed., April 25

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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.

Fri., April 20

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Cinemark Cedar Park

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

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Fri., April 20

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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., April 20

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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., April 20

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City Lights Theatre

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

Fri., April 20

10:25am

Sat., April 21

10:25am

Sun., April 22

1:25

Mon., April 23

1:25

Tue., April 24

1:25

Wed., April 25

1:25

Flix Brewhouse

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

Fri., April 20

CC 10:30am

Sat., April 21

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Sun., April 22

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Mon., April 23

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Tue., April 24

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Wed., April 25

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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., April 20

Stadium 12:20, 2:45

Sat., April 21

Stadium 12:20, 2:45

Sun., April 22

Stadium 12:20, 2:45

Mon., April 23

Stadium 12:20, 2:45

Tue., April 24

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Wed., April 25

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Hometown Cinemas

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

Fri., April 20

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05, 9:00

Sat., April 21

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05, 9:00

Sun., April 22

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05

Mon., April 23

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05

Tue., April 24

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05

Wed., April 25

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05

Thu., April 26

11:30am, 1:25, 3:15, 5:10, 7:05

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., April 20

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Sat., April 21

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Sun., April 22

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Mon., April 23

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Tue., April 24

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Wed., April 25

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Thu., April 26

Stadium 11:50am, 2:30, 4:50

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Fri., April 20

10:15am

Sat., April 21

10:15am

Sun., April 22

10:15am

Mon., April 23

10:15am

Tue., April 24

10:15am

Wed., April 25

10:15am

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Fri., April 20

11:30am

Sat., April 21

11:30am

Sun., April 22

11:30am

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Fri., April 20

1:00, 5:35

Sat., April 21

1:00, 5:35

Sun., April 22

12:30, 6:00

Mon., April 23

11:45am, 4:50

Tue., April 24

11:45am, 4:50

Wed., April 25

11:45am, 4:50

Thu., April 26

11:45am, 4:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Fri., April 20

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Sat., April 21

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Sun., April 22

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Mon., April 23

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Tue., April 24

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Wed., April 25

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

Thu., April 26

11:30am, 1:50, 4:10

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