Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

2019, G, 100 min. Directed by Josh Cooley. Voices by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Keanu Reeves, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, June Squibb, Carl Weathers.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., June 21, 2019

Leaving well enough alone has never been the Hollywood way, which is how we’ve arrived at Toy Story 4. It isn’t terrible news. Pixar’s foundational franchise is always a good time. It’s only that 2010’s Toy Story 3 – an Academy Award winner that had the chutzpah to force its toy heroes to quite literally stare down death, and by extension nudge tot viewers into contemplating their own mortality – so exquisitely marked an end punctuation to the series. This latest sequel proffers nothing so transcendent.

A good time, nevertheless, and spent in good company: The roll call includes series stalwarts sheriff Woody (Hanks) and spaceman Buzz Lightyear (Allen), plus Woody’s old sweetheart Bo Peep (Potts, crackling), whose adventures away from Andy’s toy chest inform her evolved characterization as a free-agent toy equal parts saucy and swashbuckling. New recruits Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, and Christina Hendricks chime in with uniformly outstanding voice work, but I won’t spoil any of their parts. (Just stick around to the very end of the credits for one of their gags; it’s worth it.)

The plot beats a familiar path, with the toys once again separated from their child; there are so many circle-backs to rescue lost friends, the story’s forward thrust turns a little dithering. What’s fresh here is where they land – an antiques shop, the perfect place for the series to continue what must surely be a point of pride: Its light mining of horror tropes. (Baby’s first jump scare! Also: Ventriloquist dummies really are just the spookiest.) And what a technical stunner. My emotional investment in the story was pretty much zilch, but I marveled over the depth of field, the nuance of expression, the way shadows and light played on these plasticine faces. Twenty-four years ago, the original Toy Story broke ground as the first-ever entirely computer animated feature film. What’s more astonishing now is how all those ones and zeroes are harnessed to produce something so utterly lifelike.

Showtimes

Sun., July 21

11:30am, 12:55, 3:35, 5:45, 8:30

Mon., July 22

10:40am, 12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 9:05

Tue., July 23

3:30, 6:45, 9:50
AFA 11:00am, 1:00

Wed., July 24

11:00am, 1:00, 3:30, 6:45, 9:50

Sun., July 21

1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:00
AFA 10:45am

Mon., July 22

11:55am, 2:50, 5:45, 8:30

Tue., July 23

3:00, 5:50, 8:35
AFA 12:05

Wed., July 24

1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 10:30

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.

Sun., July 21

12:55, 3:40, 6:35, 9:25
AFA 10:00am

Mon., July 22

11:55am, 2:45, 5:35, 8:20

Tue., July 23

2:00, 4:45, 7:25, 10:15
AFA 11:15am

Wed., July 24

11:55am, 2:45, 5:35, 8:20

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

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.

Sun., July 21

9:30am, 11:40am, 2:45, 6:30, 10:15

Mon., July 22

12:25, 3:30, 6:45, 10:45

Tue., July 23

12:55, 3:55, 4:50, 6:40, 10:40

Wed., July 24

12:35, 3:20, 6:00, 9:50

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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 9:10

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 9:10

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50

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.

Sun., July 21

digital 8:40am, 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Mon., July 22

digital 8:40am, 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Tue., July 23

digital 8:40am, 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., July 24

digital 8:40am, 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:10, 2:20, 3:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:10am, 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Mon., July 22

digital 9:10am, 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Tue., July 23

digital 9:10am, 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Wed., July 24

digital 9:10am, 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Sun., July 21

digital 9:55am, 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40

Mon., July 22

digital 9:55am, 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40

Tue., July 23

digital 9:55am, 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40

Wed., July 24

digital 9:55am, 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40

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.

Sun., July 21

digital 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 6:45, 9:15

Mon., July 22

digital 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 6:45, 9:15

Tue., July 23

digital 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 6:45, 9:15

Wed., July 24

digital 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15, 5:30, 6:45, 9:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

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

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

Sun., July 21

digital 9:40am, 12:10, 1:25, 2:45, 5:10, 6:30, 7:45, 10:20

Mon., July 22

digital 9:40am, 12:10, 1:25, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

Tue., July 23

digital 9:40am, 12:10, 1:25, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

Wed., July 24

digital 9:40am, 12:10, 1:25, 2:45, 5:10, 6:30, 7:45, 10:20

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Sun., July 21

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., July 22

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Tue., July 23

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Wed., July 24

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

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

Sun., July 21

1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Mon., July 22

9:55am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Tue., July 23

9:55am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Wed., July 24

9:55am, 1:00, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

EVO Entertainment

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

Sun., July 21

10:10am, 12:55, 3:20, 6:00

Mon., July 22

12:55, 3:20, 6:00, 7:00, 9:30

Tue., July 23

10:00am, 12:55, 3:20, 5:00, 8:45

Wed., July 24

12:55, 3:20, 6:00

Flix Brewhouse

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

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30
CC 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30

Mon., July 22

10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30
CC 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30

Tue., July 23

10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30
CC 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30

Wed., July 24

10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30
CC 10:30am, 2:00, 5:30, 8:30

Thu., July 25

11:45am, 12:30, 3:30, 5:30, 8:30
CC 11:45am, 12:30, 3:30, 5:30, 8:30

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.

Sun., July 21

CC 10:15am

Mon., July 22

CC 10:15am

Tue., July 23

CC 10:15am

Wed., July 24

CC 10:15am

Thu., July 25

CC 10:15am

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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Hometown Cinemas

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

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., July 22

11:00am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Tue., July 23

11:00am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Wed., July 24

11:00am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Thu., July 25

11:00am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:45am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:25am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:40

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:15

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:15

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:15

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 10:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Sun., July 21

9:15am, 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., July 22

9:15am, 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 23

9:15am, 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 24

9:15am, 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Thu., July 25

9:15am, 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

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

Sun., July 21

10:00am, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55

Mon., July 22

10:00am, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55

Tue., July 23

12:05, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55

Wed., July 24

10:00am, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55

Thu., July 25

10:00am, 3:00, 6:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:40

Mon., July 22

10:30am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:40

Tue., July 23

1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:40

Wed., July 24

10:30am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, 10:40

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

10:50am, 1:20, 6:40, 9:20
3-D 4:30
3D 4:30

Mon., July 22

10:50am, 1:20, 6:40, 9:20
3-D 4:30
3D 4:30

Tue., July 23

10:50am, 1:20, 6:40, 9:20
3-D 4:30
3D 4:30

Wed., July 24

10:50am, 1:20, 6:40, 9:20
3-D 4:30
3D 4:30

Thu., July 25

10:50am, 1:20
3-D 4:30
3D 4:30

Sky Cinemas

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

Sun., July 21

11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Mon., July 22

11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Tue., July 23

11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Wed., July 24

11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Thu., July 25

11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Sun., July 21

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

Mon., July 22

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

Tue., July 23

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

Wed., July 24

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

Thu., July 25

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

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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:50, 3:15, 6:00, 8:20

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:00, 3:35, 6:00, 8:30

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:00am, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:00, 3:35, 6:00, 8:30

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:00, 3:35, 6:00, 8:30

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