Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 3:40 5:50 8:10
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus — beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who — unlike any orca in the wild — has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images/83m.
The Spectacular NOW
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:35 6:55 9:15
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. 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. Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo/98m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:05 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. Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing image, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking/132m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Sept. 13-19
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:00
A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness-protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni, his wife, Maggie, and their children, Belle and Warren, can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings in this darkly funny film by Luc Besson. Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Domenick Lombardozzi. Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/111m.
Times: Sat-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:55 8:40
Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descent to the planet in search of their bounty. Starring Vin Diesel. Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity/119m.
The World's End
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:35 9:10
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. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references/109m.
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. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout/110m.