Yesterday

Yesterday

2019, PG-13, 112 min. Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Alexander Arnold.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., June 28, 2019

The fanciful conceit in Yesterday is much like a struggling artist’s what-if daydream, the one in which they finally rouse an elusive muse to inspire them to greatness. Except in this case, 27-year-old English musician Jack Malik (newcomer Patel, in an encouraging debut) shortcuts the long and winding road to success by appropriating the Beatles songbook after a worldwide electrical blip erases everyone’s memory of the Fab Four. Everyone, that is, except for the chosen few like Jack, who’s hit by a bus while cycling home from a disastrous gig the moment the global transformer blew. After Jack’s repeated Google searches confirm the band’s deletion from human history (hilariously enough, Oasis is also expunged), the movie amusingly charts his frantic theft of the Liverpudlian quartet’s classics and overnight status as a musical genius. Although this newly famous young man doesn’t charge the public to download the music, it’s still a deal with the devil. Every song he claims as his own is a hit, just as it was when John, Paul, George and Ringo released it over a half-century ago.

Even though you know (and Jack knows) he’s a fraud, the screenplay by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) keeps one step ahead of that unpleasant truth during the first stretch of the movie, giving you permission to overlook his selfish motivation and see each song as a gift to mankind that would otherwise remain forgotten. His bedroom walls papered with a flutter of Post-it notes, the names of dozens of Beatles tunes scribbled on them, he’s like a kid in a candy store each time he snatches the next colored square to supplement his already incomparable catalog. As the nimble Jack quickly discovers, once you learn how to play the game, it’s easy.

But when his career takes him across the Atlantic for grooming as a superstar, the movie has nowhere to go and sputters badly. Without warning, Curtis’ script takes a dark rom-com-ish turn as the relationship between Jack and his longtime friend and manager Ellie (a criminally misused James) sours with the revelation of unrequited love and the announcement of an ultimatum completely out of character. What’s more, the movie’s facile depiction of corporate greed and shallowness of the American music industry, as personified by an odious music executive played by SNL's Kate McKinnon, doesn’t qualify as satire. It barely qualifies as a cliche. A usually dependable performer who’s sparked more than one mundane movie with her looniness, the comic actor grates like the sound of a needle scratching a record here. (Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran fares better playing a gently skewed version of himself.) As the whimsical setup in Yesterday deteriorates until its unimaginative conclusion, the familiar Lennon/McCartney collaborations (along with a couple written by Harrison) provide the only solace, timeless songs that make it better. Viva Los Beatles!

Showtimes

Sun., July 21

11:30am, 2:30, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., July 22

11:50am, 2:55, 6:00, 9:05

Tue., July 23

3:50, 6:45, 10:00
AFA 12:15

Wed., July 24

12:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:00

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 2:15, 5:20, 8:30

Mon., July 22

12:05, 3:15, 6:25, 10:25

Tue., July 23

3:35, 6:45, 9:50
AFA 12:30

Wed., July 24

12:30, 3:35, 7:10, 9:45

Sun., July 21

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 7:05, 10:30

Mon., July 22

12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10

Tue., July 23

3:10, 6:10, 9:10
AFA 12:10

Wed., July 24

12:00, 3:00, 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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:01, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10

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

Mon., July 22

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

Tue., July 23

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

Wed., July 24

digital 10:25am, 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.

Sun., July 21

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20

Mon., July 22

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20

Tue., July 23

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20

Wed., July 24

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20

Sun., July 21

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10

Mon., July 22

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10

Tue., July 23

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10

Wed., July 24

digital 10:10am, 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10

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 10:15am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Mon., July 22

digital 10:15am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Tue., July 23

digital 10:15am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Wed., July 24

digital 10:15am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

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 1:05, 3:50, 6:35

Mon., July 22

digital 10:20am, 1:05, 3:50, 6:35

Tue., July 23

digital 10:20am, 1:05, 3:50, 6:35

Wed., July 24

digital 10:20am, 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20

City Lights Theatre

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

Sun., July 21

12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50

Mon., July 22

9:50am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50

Tue., July 23

9:50am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50

Wed., July 24

9:50am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50

EVO Entertainment

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

Sun., July 21

8:45

Mon., July 22

8:45

Tue., July 23

9:45

Wed., July 24

8:45

Flix Brewhouse

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

Sun., July 21

5:00, 8:30
CC 5:00, 8:30

Mon., July 22

5:00, 8:30
CC 5:00, 8:30

Tue., July 23

5:00, 8:30
CC 5:00, 8:30

Wed., July 24

5:00, 8:30
CC 5:00, 8:30

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 12:35, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50

iPic Theaters Austin

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

Sun., July 21

1:25, 8:30

Mon., July 22

1:00, 8:15

Tue., July 23

1:00, 8:15

Wed., July 24

1:00, 8:15

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 9:20am, 12:15, 3:30, 6:15, 9:15

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:40, 6:20, 9:20

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:40, 6:20

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Sun., July 21

9:45am, 2:55, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., July 22

9:45am, 2:55, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., July 23

9:45am, 2:55, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., July 24

9:45am, 2:55, 7:30, 10:30

Thu., July 25

9:45am, 2:55, 7:30, 10:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

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

Sun., July 21

1:05, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

Mon., July 22

1:05, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

Tue., July 23

1:05, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

Wed., July 24

1:05, 4:20, 7:30, 10:25

Thu., July 25

1:05, 4:20, 7:30

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

11:10am, 2:00, 4:00, 7:20, 10:00

Mon., July 22

11:10am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

Tue., July 23

11:10am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

Wed., July 24

11:10am, 2:00, 4:00, 7:20, 10:00

Thu., July 25

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

Sky Cinemas

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

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:45

Mon., July 22

10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:45

Tue., July 23

10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:45

Wed., July 24

2:00, 5:00, 9:30

Thu., July 25

10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Sun., July 21

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

Mon., July 22

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

Tue., July 23

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

Wed., July 24

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

Thu., July 25

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

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Sun., July 21

11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Mon., July 22

2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., July 23

2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., July 24

2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Thu., July 25

2:00

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.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:35am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:20am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 10:20am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 10:35am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25

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