Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Searching for Sugar Man
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:30 Daily showtimes: 4:40 6:50 9:00
The incredible story of Rodriguez, the greatest "rock icon" who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide.But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul. Starring Rodriguez. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references/86m/F/SPC
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:10 8:40
"Emperor" brings to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender. As Gen. Douglas MacArthur suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture — Gen. Bonner Fellers — to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: Should the Japanese Emperor, worshipped by his people but accused of war crimes, be hung or saved? Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune. Rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)/100m.
Bless Me, Ultima
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 6:00
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. 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 showtimes: 3:00 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: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:35 8:00
Will a famous quartet of aging musicians 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. 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: 3:35 6:25 9:10
Pat Solatano has lost everything and is 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
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:10 8:40
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act — both onstage and off — if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Directed by Don Scardino. Also starring Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language/100m.
Dead Man Down
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 6:40
An action thriller that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers whose mutual desire for revenge draws them together and triggers an escalating trail of mayhem. Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Isabelle Huppert. Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality/110m.
Oz The Great and Powerful 3D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:00 (3D) 6:00 (2D) 9:00 (3D)
When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking — until he meets three witches who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity — and even a bit of wizardry — Oscar may transform himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well. Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bruce Campbell. Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language/131m.
21 and Over
Times: Daily showtimes: 4:40 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, Francois 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: 1:15 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:55 (3D) 6:30 (2D) 9:10 (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.