Kings of Summer
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 Daily showtimes: 4:25 6:50 9:15
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, "The Kings of Summer" is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends — Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) — who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family — whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create — is something you can't run away from. Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias. Rated R for language and some teen drinking/95m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:30 9:05
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world-renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Directed by James Wan. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson. Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror/112m.
The Way, Way Back
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:20 8:55
The funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world — all during a summer he will never forget. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material/103m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:05 8:45
This high-octane action-comedy sequel sees retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunite his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their wits, old-school skills, and each other to rely on. Directed by Dean Parisot. Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material/116m.
20 Feet From Stardom
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:35 5:55 8:15
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In this compelling new film, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Tata Vega, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Chris Botti. Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material/90m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Aug. 1-6
(Opens Aug. 2) Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes 3:50 6:30 9:10
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. Starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, James Marsden. Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity/109m.
The Smurfs 2 2-D/3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:05 (2-D) 6:25 (2-D) 8:40 (3-D)
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our time, reunite with their human friends, Patrick and Grace, and rescue her. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Christina Ricci. Rated PG for some rude humor and action/105m.
The Wolverine 2-D/3-D
Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 (3-D) 3:25 (2-D) 5:40 (3-D) 9:00 (2-D)
This epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces unexpected and deadly foes in a life-or-death battle. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before. Directed by James Mangold.Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language/129m.
Times: Daily showtimes: 1:00 (2-D) 3:15 (2-D) 5:30 (2-D) 7:45 (3-D)
This is a high-velocity animated comedy about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500. Directed by David Soren. Voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong. Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements/96m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:45 9:20
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