Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
The Spectacular NOW
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:40 7:00 9:20
With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, "the Spectacular NOW" creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely, a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth — one that doesn't look for tidy truths. Directed by James Ponsoldt. Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Rated R for alcohol use, language and some sexuality — all involving teens/95m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:15 8:45
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger's modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard. Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo/98m.
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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:15 6:25 9:10
It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and groundbreaking 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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:50 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, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout/110m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Aug. 22-29
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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:55 8:55
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series. Directed by Harald Zwart. Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content/130m.
The World's End
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show 1:05 Daily showtimes: (no 8/22 showing) 3:45 6:25 9:05
Twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub — The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan.Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references/109m.
Times: Daily showtimes: (3:50 6:30 9:05 — 8/22 only) 9:10
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 multibillion 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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:45 9:15 (8/22 only) 9:20
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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes 12:00 2:20 Daily showtimes: (4:00 6:20 8:30 — 8/22 only) 4:40 7:00
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. Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor/92m.