Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
(Note times for special showings)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Times: Nov. 25 only: 7:00
Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's (voice by Christopher Lee) plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn (voice by Mia Farrow) teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician (voice by Alan Arkin), who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest to save her kind. Directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. Starring Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, Jeff Bridges, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury. Rated G/92m.
Dallas Buyers Club
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:35 9:20
Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts — who he once would have shunned — and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Also starring Matthew Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare. Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use/117m.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 5:40 8:55
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language/146m.
All Is Lost
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:20 5:50 8:25
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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.
12 Years a Slave
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:10 9:10; Nov. 25: 3:10 9:10 only; Nov. 26: 6:10 only
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. Starring Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt. Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality/134m.
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:00 8:35; Nov. 25-26: 3:00 only
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. Rated R for language and some sexual content/123m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 6:10;
Nov. 26 9:05 only
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. 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.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Nov. 22-26
Advance showing of "Frozen" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26. See www.catheatres.com for details.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:20 9:00
The story of affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made 20 years earlier. Directed by Ken Scott. Starring Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language/103m.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:50 Daily showtimes: 5:10 8:30
Thor: The Dark World 3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:25 (3-D) 6:05 (2-D) 8:40 (3-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: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 6:30; No 6:30 showing on Nov. 26
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.
Times: Daily showtimes: 4:15 (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.