Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 5:25 8:30
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed by Paolo Sorre, Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli. This film is not rated/142m.
Tims: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:50 8:40
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, "Winter's Tale" is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Directed by Akiva Goldsman. Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo. Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality/118m.
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:55 9:10
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 Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan, Perdita Weeks. Rated R for some sexual content/111m.
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:00 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. The Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, amd they will risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. Directed by George Clooney. Starring 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.-Mon. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 6:30
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.-Mon. early show: 12:00 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
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:25 9:10 (Feb. 13 only: 3:50 6:30 9:10)
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy — a loving husband, father and good cop — is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine. Directed by Jose Padilha. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material/117m.
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:45
The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste. Starring Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Joely Richardson. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying/105m.
Five Academy Award nominations: Picture, original screenplay, production design, original score, original song
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:00 8:40
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.
August: Osage County
Two Academy Award nominations: Actress Meryl Streep, supporting actress Julia Roberts
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 5:55 (Feb. 13 only: 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.
LEGO Movie (3-D)
Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:30 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 4:00 (2-D) 6:35 (2-D) 8:20 (3-D) (Feb. 13 only: 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,. Starring 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.
Times: Daily showtimes: (Feb. 13 only) 3:55 6:25 9:00
Thriteen-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. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality/111m.