Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

Jan. 4-10

Django Unchained

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 5:15 8:45

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher. Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity/166m.

Not Fade Away

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10

It's 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television, and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, James Gandolfini. Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content/112m.

Les Misérables

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 5:00 8:25

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Etienne Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine Thenardier's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Starring Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen. Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, sexual material, thematic elements, violence/158m.

This is 40

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:05 9:00

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house full of females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, 8-year-old Charlotte and 13-year-old Sadie. As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives ... before they kill each other. Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Albert Brooks. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material/134m.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2D

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 4:35 8:15

Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves. Their journey will take them into the wild; through treacherous lands swarming with goblins and orcs, deadly wargs and giant spiders, shapeshifters and sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the east and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood. Rated Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images/170m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

Jan. 4-10

Promised Land

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:00 8:35

Steve Butler is an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason, to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man, as well as the interest of a local woman. "Promised Land" explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Hal Holbrook. Rated R for language/106m.

Parental Guidance

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:20 8:55

Artie and Diane Decker are called in by their daughter to help care for their three grandkids. When their old-school methods of parenting collide with their grandchildren's' new school and hyper-scheduled way of life, the once-orderly household spins out of control, and Artie and Diane must employ some unexpected tactics to help teach their grandkids how to actually act like kids. Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison. Rated PG for some rude humor/104m.

Jack Reacher

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Showtimes: 3:15 6:10 9:10

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. When interrogated, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins a chase for the truth, pitting Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep. Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Werner Herzog. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material/131m.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 4:15 8:00

(See Varsity Theatre capsule)