Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
All Is Lost
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:50 8:25
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and meager supplies dwindling, the resourceful sailor finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Directed by J.C. Chandor. Starring Robert Redford. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language/106m.
Times: Daily showtime: 6:00
"GMO OMG" director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: Is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: What's on your plate? This Film is Not Rated/90m.
12 Years a Slave
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 3:00 6:00 9:00
Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti. Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality/134m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:20 9:10
At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father — that all the men in his family have the ability to travel in time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life — so he decides to make his world a better place ... by getting a girlfriend. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary. They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again — and again — but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart. But there are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too. Directed by Richard Curtis. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander. Rated R for language and some sexual content/123m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:20 6:50 9:20
Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands, and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara. Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and language.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:35 8:40
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.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Nov. 15-20
Thor: The Dark World 3-D
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:25 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:10 (3-D) 5:55 (3-D) 8:40 (3-D) 9:20 (2-D)
Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Includes five-minute featurette of "Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier,"only with 3-D showings. Directed by Alan Taylor; Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content/117m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:15 9:00
A hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the International Military is training only the best young minds. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Col. Hyrum Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Commander Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford. Rated Rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material/114m.
Free Birds 3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 (3-D) 12:50 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:00 (2-D) 4:40 (3-D) 7:10 (2-D)
Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history — and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Starring Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Keith David. Rated PG for some action/peril and rude humor/91m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:30 (3-D) Daily showtimes: 5:05 (2-D) 6:55 (3-D) 9:10 (3-D)
Two astronauts are on a seemingly routine spacewalk, when disaster strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed, leaving them 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 the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. Rated PG-13/91m.