Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Jan. 31-Feb. 6
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:00 8:45
Thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality/111m.
August: Osage County
Two Academy Award nominations: Actress Meryl Streep, supporting actress Julia Roberts
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:45 8:35
A dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Directed by John Wells. Starring Streep, Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard. Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material/121m.
Five Academy Award nominations: Picture, original screenplay, production design, original score, original song
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 3:15 6:10 9:00
Theodore Twombly is a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity/126m.
Six Academy Award nominations: Picture, director Alexander Payne, actor Bruce Dern, supporting actress June Squibb, original screenplay, cinematography
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10
After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Starring Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Squibb, Bob Odenkirk. Rated R for some language/115m.
Four Academy Award nominations: Picture, actress Judi Dench, original score, adapted screenplay
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:25 6:55 9:20
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman." When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next 50 years searching for him in vain. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them. Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Dench, Steve Coogan. Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references/100m/F/TWC.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Jan. 31-Feb. 6
That Awkward Moment
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:20 6:45 9:10
Three best friends find themselves at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide, "So ... where is this going?" Directed by Tom Gormican. Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas. Rated R for sexual content and language throughout/95m.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Two Academy Award nominations: Cinematography, sound mixing
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:20 8:50
A week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making. Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund. Rated R for language including some sexual references/105m.
Ten Academy Award nominations: Picture, director David O. Russell, actor Christian Bale, actress Amy Adams, supporting actor Bradley Cooper, supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence, original screenplay, film editing, production design, costume design
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:05 Daily showtimes: 5:15 8:25
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and Mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Bale, Cooper, Adams, Jeremy Renner, Lawrence. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence/138m.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 4:10 8:00
Five Academy Award nominations: Picture, director Martin Scorsese, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actor Jonah Hill, adapted screenplay
Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio on this adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir surrounding his indulgent ride as a crooked banker in the 1990's. Starring DiCaprio, Hill, Jean Dujardin, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal. Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence/180m.