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  • Varsity Theatre
    Schedule effective
    Aug. 16-22
    (NOTE SPECIAL TIMES)
    The Butler
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 3:00 6:00 9:00
    The story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Directed by Lee Daniels. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard. Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing image, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking/132m/F.
    JOBS
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:10 9:10
    It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness, this film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology— and the world — forever. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine. Rated PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language/122m.
    Elysium
    Times: Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:50 6:50 (8/17-18 only) 8:30
    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: Daily showtimes: 2:15 (8-17-18 only) 4:10 6:45 9:20 9:30 (8/17-18 only)
    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. 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.
    Fruitvale Station
    Times: Daily showtimes: 4:00 4:45 (8/17-18 only) 5:20 (8/16 only) 9:30
    The true story of Oscar Grant, 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.
    The Way, Way Back
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:50 (8/16 only) 7:00 (No showings on 8/20)
    The funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, Pam, 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.
    Ashland Street Cinemas
    Schedule effective Aug. 16-20
    Paranoia
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:05
    In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corp. But after one costly mistake, Adam's ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt, forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard, Wyatt's old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt's corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage. Directed by Robert Luketic. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss. Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language/106m.
    Kick-Ass 2
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:45 9:10
    After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Col. Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist, only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey. Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity/103m.
    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2-D/3-D
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:30 (3-D) 6:05 (2-D) 8:40 (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.
    Planes
    Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes 4:00 6:20 8:30
    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.
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