Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
A Late Quartet
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40 9:10
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. Suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert — quite possibly their last — only the quartet members' intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Directed by Yaron Zilberman. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Northam, Christopher Walken, Imogen Poots, Liraz Charhi. Rated R for language and some sexuality/105m/S/Entertainment One
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 9:00
Set in late 19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen.Rated R for some sexuality and violence/130m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 5:10 8:30
A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. Directed by Tony Kushner. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language/149m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 6:30
A man confined to an iron lung is determined at age 38 to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. Directed by Ben Lewin. Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt. Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue/95m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 3:45 Daily showtimes: 8:45
A CIA "exfiltration" specialist comes up with a plan to get American hostages out of Iran during the 1979 crisis. Based on a true story. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin. Rated R for language and some violent images/120m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10 Daily showtimes: 5:15 8:20
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in "Skyfall," the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In "Skyfall," Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking/143m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Dec. 7-13 (see notes for special times)
Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon
All seats $20
One day only — Sat. Dec. 8
Times: Fellowship of the Ring 10:00 The Two Towers 2:25 The Return of the King 7:00
Director's extended cuts of all three segments as well as special introductions by director Peter Jackson for each segment. Starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd. Rated PG-13/230m+240m+267m (total 737m). Note: Times include the intros and also allow for 5 minutes of previews per show.
Playing for Keeps
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 10:45 (12/8 only) 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:25 9:00 (all daily times 12/7 and 12/9-13)
A romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy's soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an "adult" are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive "soccer moms" who pursue him at every turn. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman. Rated Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image/106m.
Killing Them Softly
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10 (12/9 only) Daily showtimes: 4:30 6:50 (first two 12/7 and 12/9-13 only) 9:10 (12/7-13)
Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, "Killing Them Softly" follows professional enforcer Jackie Cogan who investigates a heist that occurs during a high-stakes, mob-protected poker game. Directed by Andrew Dominik. Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Linara Washington. Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use/97m.
Rise of the Guardians in 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 10:30 (3D — 12/8 only) 12:55 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:20 (3D — 12/7-13) 5:40 (2D — 12/7-13) 8:00 (2D — 12/7 and 12/9-13)
The epic story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost who battle the evil Pitch as he tries to take over the world. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action/97m.
Life of Pi in 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:10 (3D) 6:00 (2D) 8:50 (3D)
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger. Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irffan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril/127m.