Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

2018, PG, 118 min. Directed by Brad Bird. Voices by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks, Eli Fucile, John Ratzenberger.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., June 15, 2018

In the 14 years since Pixar’s The Incredibles debuted, consumer intake of the heroic adventures of mask- and cape-clad saviors has grown exponentially. It's even leading some cinemagoers to suffer from “Superhero Fatigue,” an existential disorder whose side effects may include, but aren’t limited to: a numbness in the visual cortex due to overexposure of depictions of CGI destruction, a tendency for the mind to suddenly go blank when friends and family are discussing plot minutiae and costume designs, and sudden narcolepsy. The first film was released four years prior to Marvel’s Iron Man and could be seen as the precursor to the subsequent onslaught. And while The Incredibles is one of the more highly regarded films in the Pixar stable, this sequel stands adeptly by its side while avoiding most of the aforementioned exhaustion.

Incredibles 2 picks up the action immediately following the events ending the original film. The Parr family – Mr. Incredible (Nelson), Elastigirl (Hunter), Violet (Vowell), and Dash (Milner) – thwart the Underminer (Pixar good-luck-charm Ratzenberger) from robbing a bank, but the collateral damage to the infrastructure of New Urbrem sends them fleeing into hiding again. Enter Winston Deavor (Odenkirk), a tycoon whose mission is to see the return of superheroes to public life and service. He launches a campaign using Elastigirl in PR stunts designed to ingratiate her in the public eye. That leaves the paterfamilias as a stay-at-home dad, coping with the domestic duties and the increasingly erratic emergence of their young baby Jack-Jack’s mutant powers (they are legion). Eventually, the main nemesis appears, a brainwashing mastermind called Screenslaver, and the family must work together to save the day again.

Pixar has nary an inferior product in its filmography (sorry, except those Cars films and their assorted spin-offs), and the studio has become the gold standard for big-budget computer animated entertainment. The themes of Pixar’s output generally adhere to a loose template that goes something like: In order to achieve a goal, you need your friends and family to do so, and the relationships you have with those people/toys/various manifestations of your own psyche, etc. are the glue that bind humanity together. In the Incredibles films, some critics have noted that the premise of a society that tries to stifle extraordinary people falls right in line with Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, but I have a hard time believing that writer/director Brad Bird and co. are trying to indoctrinate the wee ones, intentional or not (I guess we’ll leave that to Zack Snyder, who wants to adapt Rand’s The Fountainhead. Good luck!).

The action sequences are breathtaking, and the character-driven humor is, as per usual, top notch. Returning characters make an appearance, new ones are introduced, and everyone gets a moment to shine, although little Jack-Jack steals the entire movie with his emotionally uncontrollable chaos. If there is a gripe here, it’s that this film treads very similar ground to the first. Nevertheless, Incredibles 2 serves up that smart, funny, and eye-popping spectacle that viewers have come to expect from the animation studio whose particular brand of humanistic idealism under the guise of family entertainment has few equals. Prescribe as needed.

Showtimes

Sat., July 21

10:25am, 1:30, 4:35, 6:25, 9:35

Sun., July 22

10:25am, 1:30, 4:35, 6:25, 9:35

Mon., July 23

10:25am, 1:30, 4:35, 6:25, 9:35

Tue., July 24

4:35, 7:45, 10:55
AFA 10:25am, 1:30

Wed., July 25

10:25am, 1:30, 4:35, 6:25, 9:35

Sat., July 21

11:55am, 2:25, 6:05, 9:20

Sun., July 22

11:35am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Mon., July 23

11:35am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Tue., July 24

3:00, 6:20, 9:30
AFA 12:10

Wed., July 25

1:00, 4:15, 7:00, 10:15

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.

Sat., July 21

11:30am, 3:00, 6:25, 9:35

Sun., July 22

11:30am, 3:00, 6:25, 9:35

Mon., July 23

11:30am, 3:05, 6:25, 9:35

Tue., July 24

3:05, 6:35, 9:45
AFA 11:50am

Wed., July 25

11:30am, 3:05, 6:20, 9:30

Sat., July 21

11:50am, 2:55, 6:00, 9:25

Sun., July 22

11:40am, 2:50, 6:05, 9:30

Mon., July 23

11:40am, 2:50, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., July 24

3:55, 7:05, 10:15
AFA 12:45

Wed., July 25

12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:55

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sat., July 21

1:20, 3:55, 6:35, 10:35

Sun., July 22

1:15, 3:45, 6:00, 9:10

Mon., July 23

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 10:30

Tue., July 24

3:45, 6:30, 10:30
AFA 1:00

Wed., July 25

11:30am, 2:40, 6:15, 10:10

Thu., July 26

12:40, 2:55, 11:25

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.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20, 9:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20, 9:20

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20, 9:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20, 9:20

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:50am, 2:50, 6:20

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.

Sat., July 21

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

Sun., July 22

digital 10:00am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25
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Mon., July 23

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

Tue., July 24

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

Wed., July 25

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

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sat., July 21

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Sun., July 22

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Mon., July 23

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Tue., July 24

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Wed., July 25

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Thu., July 26

digital 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30
digital, luxury lounger 9:10am, 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Sat., July 21

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Sun., July 22

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Mon., July 23

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Tue., July 24

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Wed., July 25

digital 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 10:10am, 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

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.

Sat., July 21

digital 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10
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Sun., July 22

digital 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10
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Mon., July 23

digital 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10

Tue., July 24

digital 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10

Wed., July 25

digital 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 9:50am, 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

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

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

Sat., July 21

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Sun., July 22

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Mon., July 23

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Tue., July 24

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Wed., July 25

digital 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:15am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Sat., July 21

digital 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 9:00

Sun., July 22

digital 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 9:00

Tue., July 24

digital 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 9:00

City Lights Theatre

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

Sat., July 21

10:20am, 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15

Sun., July 22

1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15

Mon., July 23

10:20am, 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15

Tue., July 24

10:20am, 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15

Wed., July 25

10:20am, 1:20, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15

EVO Entertainment

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

Sat., July 21

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

Sun., July 22

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

Mon., July 23

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

Tue., July 24

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

Wed., July 25

1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

Flix Brewhouse

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

Sat., July 21

CC 10:25am, 1:15, 5:00, 6:30, 10:00

Sun., July 22

CC 10:25am, 1:15, 5:00, 6:30, 10:00

Mon., July 23

CC 1:15, 5:00, 6:30, 10:00

Tue., July 24

CC 1:15, 3:00, 5:00, 10:10

Wed., July 25

CC 1:15, 5:00, 6:30

Thu., July 26

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

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.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sat., July 21

Descriptive Video;Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:20
recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:20

Sun., July 22

Descriptive Video;Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:20
recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:20

Mon., July 23

Descriptive Video;Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15
recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15

Tue., July 24

Descriptive Video;Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15
recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15

Wed., July 25

Descriptive Video;Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15
recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 3:00, 6:15

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.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Sat., July 21

Reserved Seating 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Sun., July 22

Reserved Seating 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Mon., July 23

Reserved Seating 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., July 24

Reserved Seating 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Wed., July 25

Reserved Seating 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Thu., July 26

Reserved Seating 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sat., July 21

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Sun., July 22

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Mon., July 23

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Tue., July 24

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Wed., July 25

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Thu., July 26

reserved seating 11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:15

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Sat., July 21

10:40am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05

Sun., July 22

10:40am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05

Mon., July 23

10:40am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05

Tue., July 24

10:40am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05

Wed., July 25

10:40am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sat., July 21

10:30am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15

Sun., July 22

10:40am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:35, 10:20

Mon., July 23

10:30am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15

Tue., July 24

10:30am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15

Wed., July 25

10:40am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:35, 10:20

Sky Cinemas

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

Sat., July 21

12:30, 3:25, 6:15, 8:35

Sun., July 22

11:50am, 1:45, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50

Mon., July 23

11:50am, 1:45, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50

Tue., July 24

11:50am, 1:45, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50

Wed., July 25

11:50am, 1:45, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50

Thu., July 26

11:50am, 1:45, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Sat., July 21

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Sun., July 22

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., July 23

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Tue., July 24

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., July 25

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Thu., July 26

12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

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

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

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