Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Ashland Independent Film Festival benefit — one night only (Sept. 13)
Times: Showtimes: 5:30 8:00
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In "Chasing Ice," Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multiyear record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, "Chasing Ice" depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. A live, on-screen Q&A with "Chasing Ice" director Jeff Orlowski follows both the 5:30 and 8:00 screenings.
Robot & Frank
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 4:40 7:00 9:20
Set in the near future, an elderly ex-jewel thief who is initially opposed to his new caretaker robot eventually bonds with it in a unique fashion. Directed by Jake Schreier. Starring Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden. Rated PG-13 for some language/90m/F/IDP
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:05 8:35
In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappears from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later he is found alive, in a village in southern Spain, with a story of kidnap and torture.His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But while the boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, he now has a strange accent. Why does he look so different, and why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn. Documentary meets film noir in a true story with the twists and turns of a thriller. Told in a cinematic language that combines documentary and stylized visualizations. Directed by Bart Layton. Rated R for language/99m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:30 8:50
Young writer Rory Jansen finally achieves long-sought-after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch — he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking/96m.
The Cold Light of Day
Times: Daily showtimes: 4:40 7:00 9:20 (previous times for Sept. 13 only); 9:10
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and language/93m/S/Lionsgate
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:20 9:00
In French with English subtitles
The true story of a wealthy, physically disabled risk-taker, the picture of established French nobility, who lost his wife in an accident and whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker. Rated R for language and some drug use/112m.
2016: Obama's America
Times: Daily showtimes: 9:10 (Sept. 13 only)
Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and smoking images/90m.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Times: Daily showtime: 4:30
Hushpuppy, an intrepid 6-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in "the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe, for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality/91m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 Daily showtimes: 6:45
Marriage therapy for baby boomers. Directed by David Frankel. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality/100m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Resident Evil: Retribution in 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:35 (2D) 6:55 9:15
Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the T-virus that is transforming the global population into legions of the flesh-eating undead. It takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C., and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that forces her to rethink everything that she thought was true. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez. Rated R for sequences of strong violence throughout/97m.
Finding Nemo in 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:00 (2D) 5:30 8:00
When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Rated G/100m+7m short "Partysaurus Rex"
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:00
The true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers — bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County in the World," the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy. Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity/115m.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:25 8:15
A magical story about a happily married couple who can't wait to start a family, but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language/104m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 5:55
When a small town comes under siege by zombies, there's only one person to turn to — misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. Starring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Leslie Mann. Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements and language/93m.