Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:10 8:50
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission — one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces — but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout/110m.
We're The Millers
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:30 9:05
David Burke is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad. In order to wipe the slate clean, David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose and wannabe customer Kenny, and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey, he devises a foolproof plan. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms. Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity/110m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 2:55 5:05 7:15 9:25
The true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of Dec. 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, Sophina, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful 4 year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area — and the entire nation — to its very core. Directed by Ryan Coogler; Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand. Rated R for some violence, language throughout and some drug use/85m.
Kings of Summer
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: (4:25 — 8/8 only) 4:40 (6:50 — 8/8 only) 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 , Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio — 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.
The Way, Way Back
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: (3:45 6:20 8:55 — 8/8 only) 3:10 5:45 8:20
The funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen, 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: (3:25 6:05 — 8/8 only)
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: 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. 8-15
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2-D/3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 (2-D) 3:15 (3-D) 5:50 (2-D) 8:30 (3-D)
Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil. Directed by Thor Freudenthal; Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle. Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language/106m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 (2-D) Daily showtimes 4:00 (2-D) 6:20 (2-D) 8:40 93-D)
An action-packed 3-D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty's not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Directed by Klay Hall. Starring Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer. Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor/92m.
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, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos. Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity/109m.
The Smurfs 2
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:05 5:40 (6:25 — 8/8 only) 8:10
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. Rated PG for some rude humor and action/105m.
Times: Daily showtimes: (3:25 9:00 — 8/8 only)
This epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. He confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language/129m.