Breakthrough

Breakthrough

2019, PG, 116 min. Directed by Roxann Dawson. Starring Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert, Mike Colter, Rebecca Staab, Nancy Sorel.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., April 12, 2019

The townspeople in the St. Louis suburb of this religiously themed drama say grace at every meal, read the Bible in their spare time, and attend church every Sunday. They send their children (mostly Caucasian) to a private Christian middle school, and cheer on their kids at basketball and other extracurricular sports games. This is the Middle America that Breakthrough aims to please, a community that embraces an unwavering belief in the power of prayer and God’s ability to perform miracles. For those viewers, the movie is an affirmation of their faith, a true-story tale of a modern-day Lazarus raised from the dead after divine intervention.

It happened on a wintry MLK Day morning in 2015. A typical 14-year-old male with the nondescript name of John Smith (Ruiz) and a couple of his best friends are horsing around on the precarious surface of a frozen lake, despite warnings from a nearby adult. In a matter of seconds, the ice shatters and they fall into the subzero waters. The two buddies are pulled to safety by a team of first responders, but John lies submerged underwater for 15 minutes before a firefighter retrieves his seemingly lifeless body from the murky depths, guided by a mysterious voice only he hears. After untiring efforts by an emergency room staff to resuscitate the teenager’s heartbeat prove futile – at this point, his heart hasn’t pumped blood for almost an hour – his shell-shocked mother (Metz) stands over her son and begs God to revive him with the ferocity of a mama bear wailing over the corpse of her lifeless cub. And then – a pulse.

Even if you already know what’s coming, John’s plunge into Lake Sainte Louise and the retrieval of his body is still bone-chilling. That merciless crack of breaking ice! The sentimentalized scene that follows, in which the hospital’s doctors and nurses vainly attempt to revive someone whom a few of them know, is also tautly shot and spliced by director Dawson and editor Maysie Hoy. This relatively secular stretch of the movie hits the story’s high emotions without proselytizing. But the overarching viewpoint of Breakthrough is relentlessly nonsecular, preaching to the choir at almost every turn. For a movie focusing so intently on personal faith, it doesn’t much trust your independent capacity to find religious, spiritual, or other meaning in what is truly an amazing story. Even the atheists and agnostics here eventually come around to bear witness. In Breakthrough, there’s never any room for doubt.

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.

Mon., April 22

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

Tue., April 23

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

Wed., April 24

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

Thu., April 25

10:45
CC/DVS 10:45am, 1:40, 4:40

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.

Mon., April 22

digital 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10

Tue., April 23

digital 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10

Wed., April 24

digital 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., April 22

digital 10:00am, 10:10am, 1:00, 3:15, 6:10, 9:30

Tue., April 23

digital 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., April 24

digital 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Mon., April 22

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., April 23

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., April 24

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

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.

Mon., April 22

digital 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15

Tue., April 23

digital 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15

Wed., April 24

digital 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

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

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

Mon., April 22

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

Tue., April 23

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., April 24

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

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

Mon., April 22

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

Tue., April 23

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

Wed., April 24

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

EVO Entertainment

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

Mon., April 22

11:00am, 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Tue., April 23

11:00am, 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Wed., April 24

11:00am, 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

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

Mon., April 22

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 9:15

Tue., April 23

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 10:00

Wed., April 24

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 9:15

Thu., April 25

CC 11:45am, 2:45, 3:45

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.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Thu., April 25

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

iPic Theaters Austin

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

Mon., April 22

1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30
1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30

Tue., April 23

1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30
1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30

Wed., April 24

1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30
1:00, 1:00, 4:15, 4:15, 7:30, 7:30, 10:30, 10:30

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 4:45, 7:30

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:30

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 4:45, 7:30

Thu., April 25

CC/DVS 4:45, 7:30

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.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Thu., April 25

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Mon., April 22

12:45, 3:55, 7:00, 8:30, 10:10

Tue., April 23

12:45, 3:55, 7:00, 8:30, 10:10

Wed., April 24

12:45, 3:55, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00

Thu., April 25

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Mon., April 22

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

Tue., April 23

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

Wed., April 24

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.

Mon., April 22

2:00, 4:45, 7:30

Tue., April 23

2:00, 4:45, 7:30

Wed., April 24

2:00, 4:45, 7:30

Sky Cinemas

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

Mon., April 22

11:30am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Tue., April 23

11:30am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Wed., April 24

11:30am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Mon., April 22

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

Tue., April 23

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

Wed., April 24

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

Thu., April 25

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

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.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:00, 10:15

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:00, 10:15

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

Thu., April 25

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 3:50, 6:30, 10:00

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Breakthrough, Roxann Dawson, Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert, Mike Colter, Rebecca Staab, Nancy Sorel

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