Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:20 6:45 9:10
In August 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about "the why." Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? "The Summit" is about the very nature of adventure in the modern world. Directed by Nick Ryan. Rated R for some language/100m.
Ndoto Za Elibidi (Dreams of Elibidi)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 7:20
"Ndoto Za Elibidi" was devised originally as a stage play with actors from the Nairobi slums. This Swahili story pivots around the theme of acceptance and love as its colorful protagonists — parents, four daughters and their lovers — come to terms with HIV and ghetto life. Cutting back and forth from fiction to documentary, from the original stage play to the actual locations, it takes us on two parallel journeys: we watch the story, but we are also watching it through the eyes of the ghetto audience. This extraordinary position gives us a double pay off. Directed by Nick Reding and Kamau Wa Ndung'u. This film is not rated.
The Fifth Estate
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:05 6:00 9:00
The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: What are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? Rated R for language and some violence/128m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 5:25 8:30
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Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass's multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and his Somali counterpart, Muse. Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini. Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use/134m.
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Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:05 6:30 8:50
A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert, a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: She rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some thematic material and brief language/93m
In a World ...
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:40 Daily showtimes: 9:20
Lake Bell stars in "In a World ..." a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king—her father. Starring Lake Bell, Michaela Watkins, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Fred Melamed, Tig Notaro. Rated R for language including some sexual references/93m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 4:55
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.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Oct. 18-24
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40 9:10
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Julianne Moore. Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content/100m.
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:50 9:00
Jon Martello is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old-fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Glenne Headly. Rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use/90m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35 (3-D) Daily showtimes: 4:00 (2-D) 6:20 (3-D) 8:45 (3-D)
Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth ... and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language/91m.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 (2-D) 3:30 (2-D) 5:50 (2-D) 8:05 (3-D)
Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention — a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals — "foodimals!" Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world — again! Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan. Rated PG for mild rude humor/95m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 6:10
Rush follows two Formula 1 drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use/123m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 6:10
Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter and her young friend are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante? Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Terrance Howard. Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout/153m.