Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Bless Me, Ultima
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40
In English and Spanish
Based on the controversial, first award-winning Chicano novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, "Bless Me, Ultima" is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy, Antonio, growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question his strict upbringing by his parents. Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of divinity and his own destiny. Directed by Carl Franklin. Starring Luke Ganalon, Miriam Colon, Dolores Heredia, Benito Martinez, Joaquin Cosio, Castulo Guerra. Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references/106m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:25 9:00
When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.
Directed by Lasse Hallström. Starring Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality/116m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:05 8:50
Georges and Anne are in their 80s. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who also is a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Directed by Michael Haneke. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language/127m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:40 8:10
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson, his sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert? Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor/98m.
Times: Daily showtime: 9:10
A provocative thriller about Emily and Martin, a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist — intended to treat anxiety — has unexpected side effects. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum. Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language/106m.
Silver Linings Playbook
Golden Globe winner: best actress in a comedy or musical; eight Oscar nominations: best picture, best director, best actor, best actress and best supporting actor/actress
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:55 8:40
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything — his house, his job, his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet — and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher. Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity/122m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
A Good Day to Die Hard
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40 9:10
Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack — unaware that Jack is really a highly trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. Directed by John Moore. Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney. Rated R for violence and language/98m.
Escape from Planet Earth 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:20 (3D) 5:45 (2D) 8:00 (3D)
The animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary, head of mission control at BASA. When BASA's no-nonsense chief Lena informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary's warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker, it's up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. Directed by Cal Brunker. Starring Brendan Fraser, Rob Coddry, Jessica Alba. Rated PG for action and some mild rude humor/95m
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:00 8:50
A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson. Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material/124m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:00
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson"... and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back. Directed by Seth Gordon. Rated R for sexual content and language/111m.