Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:40 8:20
Nelly is a happily-married mother and schoolteacher haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to tell the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens — famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success — falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens — a brilliant amateur actor — a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of "invisibility." Directed by Ralph Fiennes; Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan, Perdita Weeks. Rated R for some sexual content/111m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6 8:50
An unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. Directed by George Clooney; Starring George Clooney Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville. Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking/118m.
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.
Ashland Street Cinemas
August: Osage County
Two Academy Award nominations: Actress Meryl Streep, supporting actress Julia Roberts
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:45 8:40
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.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:25 9:00
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.
That Awkward Moment
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:25 Daily showtimes: 4:40 7:00 9:15
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.
LEGO Movie (3-D)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 (2-D) 12:30 (3-D) Daily showtimes: 3:40 (2-D) 6:10 (2-D) 8:30 (3-D)
Emmet is an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Chris McKay; Starring Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor/100m.