Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
A Royal Affair
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:05 9:00
The true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, this is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel; Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard. Rated R for sexual content and some violent images/137m.
Bless Me, Ultima
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:30 5:55
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: Daily showtime: 8:30
Oscar winner for best picture, best adapted screenplay and best film editing
Directed by Ben Affleck. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman. Rated R for language and some violent images/120m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 8:55
Oscar winner for best foreign film
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: 3:00 5:30 8:00
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.
Silver Linings Playbook
Oscar winner for best actress
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:25 9:10
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
21 and Over
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:40 7:05 9:30
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what's expected of him. But when his two best friends surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, overindulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy. Directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. Starring Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, François Chau, Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko. Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking/93m
Jack the Giant Slayer 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:30 (3D) 6:15 (2D) 9:00 (3D)
The story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor. Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language/115m.
The Last Exorcism Part II
Times: (No 9:20 showing 3/7) Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:20 6:50 9:20
Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, but the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning. Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. Starring Ashley Bell. Rated PG-13 for horror violence, terror and brief language/99m.
Times: (No 9:10 showing 3/7) Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:30 9:10
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.