Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

2019, PG, 102 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

This feature film adaptation doesn’t try to be as explicitly educational as the Nickelodeon cartoon it’s based on, Dora the Explorer, wherein a spunky 7-year-old would pause along her adventures with a monkey named Boots to break the fourth wall and teach her rapt audience of tiny tots a new word. But Dora and the Lost City of Gold proves edifying nonetheless – in the way it embraces values like kindness, resilience, and curiosity, and nudges young viewers to consider a more sophisticated emotional terrain.

Did I mention it’s also stupid charming? That has everything to do with the titular heroine, aged up to be a high schooler and played here by the dazzlingly charismatic Isabela Moner. Home-schooled in the jungle by her explorer/professor parents (Longoria and Peña), Dora is shipped off at film’s beginning to the big city and her cousin Diego’s family, while Mom and Dad go off in search of a lost Incan kingdom. Navigating high school turns out to be a lot more dangerous than anything she’s encountered in South America, and the funny, fleet script by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement) and Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying) mines some quick – but never cheap – laughs out of Dora’s fish-out-of-water status before wisely getting her back to the jungle on a new adventure.

There are a few meta shenanigans that nod grinningly at the original cartoon, but mostly the filmmakers take a sincere and straightforward approach. The overall vibe is JV-squad swashbuckling, evoking The Goonies and the Indiana Jones films for a tweens-and-under demographic, and all without the exhausting quippiness of the Lego franchise.

Showtimes

Wed., Aug. 21

11:35am, 2:15, 4:55, 6:20, 10:20

Fri., Aug. 23

10:20am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Sat., Aug. 24

12:40, 3:25, 6:20, 9:00
AFA 10:00am

Sun., Aug. 25

12:40, 3:25, 6:20, 9:00
AFA 10:00am

Mon., Aug. 26

12:55, 3:35, 6:20, 9:05

Tue., Aug. 27

3:35, 6:20, 9:05
AFA 12:55

Fri., Aug. 23

12:20, 3:10, 5:50, 8:35

Sat., Aug. 24

3:25, 5:15, 8:00
AFA 11:50am

Sun., Aug. 25

3:25, 7:15, 10:00
AFA 12:35

Mon., Aug. 26

12:00, 3:25, 6:10, 9:00

Tue., Aug. 27

3:20, 6:15, 9:00
AFA 12:00

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

1:30, 4:15, 6:00, 8:40

Fri., Aug. 23

1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:30

Sat., Aug. 24

2:45, 6:15, 9:00
AFA 12:00

Sun., Aug. 25

1:25, 4:15, 6:35, 9:20
AFA 12:30

Mon., Aug. 26

12:15, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Tue., Aug. 27

4:05, 6:40, 9:25
AFA 12:15

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 10:30

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 10:30

Sun., Aug. 25

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

Mon., Aug. 26

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

Tue., Aug. 27

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

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., Aug. 23

digital 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 11:15am, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 10:00am, 12:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 9:10am, 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 9:10am, 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 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.

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 12:55, 3:45, 6:55, 10:45

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 12:55, 3:45, 6:55, 10:55

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 10:40am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 10:40am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 10:40am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

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

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

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Wed., Aug. 21

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

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 10:00am, 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 10:00am, 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:00

City Lights Theatre

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

Wed., Aug. 21

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40

Thu., Aug. 22

1:00, 4:00

Fri., Aug. 23

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55

Sat., Aug. 24

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55

Sun., Aug. 25

12:55, 3:55

Mon., Aug. 26

12:55, 3:55

Tue., Aug. 27

12:55, 3:55

EVO Entertainment

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

Fri., Aug. 23

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10

Sat., Aug. 24

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10

Sun., Aug. 25

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10

Mon., Aug. 26

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 27

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10

Flix Brewhouse

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

Wed., Aug. 21

5:45, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 22

11:45am, 2:45, 5:35

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

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

Thu., Aug. 22

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

Fri., Aug. 23

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

Sat., Aug. 24

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

Sun., Aug. 25

CC 10:00am, 12:50, 3:30, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 26

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

Tue., Aug. 27

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

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:20

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:20

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Hometown Cinemas

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

Wed., Aug. 21

11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10

Thu., Aug. 22

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10

Fri., Aug. 23

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30

Sat., Aug. 24

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 25

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10

Mon., Aug. 26

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10

Tue., Aug. 27

11:45am, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10

iPic Theaters Austin

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:15, 3:35, 6:15, 10:15

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30, 7:00

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30, 7:00

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 4:45, 7:30

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:30, 7:00

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:30, 7:00

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:05

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:00, 2:45, 5:45, 8:30

Thu., Aug. 22

12:00, 2:45, 5:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

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

Wed., Aug. 21

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45

Thu., Aug. 22

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 10:55

Fri., Aug. 23

10:00am, 1:00

Sat., Aug. 24

10:00am, 1:00

Sun., Aug. 25

10:00am, 1:00

Mon., Aug. 26

10:00am, 1:00

Tue., Aug. 27

1:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Wed., Aug. 21

10:15am, 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 22

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

Fri., Aug. 23

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 26

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 27

10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., Aug. 21

4:40

Thu., Aug. 22

2:00, 4:00

Sky Cinemas

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

Wed., Aug. 21

11:00am, 1:25, 3:50, 6:15, 8:40

Fri., Aug. 23

10:50am, 12:15, 4:20, 7:35, 9:35

Sat., Aug. 24

10:50am, 12:15, 4:20, 7:35, 9:35

Sun., Aug. 25

10:50am, 12:15, 4:20, 7:35, 9:35

Mon., Aug. 26

10:50am, 12:15, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35

Tue., Aug. 27

10:50am, 11:35am, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35

Wed., Aug. 21

10:45am, 4:45, 7:30, 11:00

Fri., Aug. 23

2:15

Sat., Aug. 24

2:15

Mon., Aug. 26

2:15

Tue., Aug. 27

2:15

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Wed., Aug. 21

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:35

Thu., Aug. 22

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:35

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.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:10, 4:20, 6:15, 9:25

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:10, 4:20, 6:15, 9:25

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:25, 4:35, 7:30, 9:40

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:25, 4:35, 7:30, 9:40

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:25, 4:35, 7:30, 9:40

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:45, 4:35, 6:50, 9:40

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:55, 4:20, 7:05, 9:30

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