Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Girl on a Bicycle
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:05 6:35 9:05
Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta. Then the young French beauty, Cécile, pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle, and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French "wife," two Australian children who call him "Papa," and his life upside-down. Directed by Jeremy Leven. Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Paddy Considine, Louise Monot. Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language/101m.
12 Years a Slave
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:05 8:40
Academy Award winner: Best picture, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay
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;. Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch. Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality/134m.
300: Rise of an Empire (2-D)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:15 6:45 9:15
This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — on the sea — as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Directed by Noam Murro. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey. Rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized, bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language/103.
The Past (Le Passé)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 6:00
In French and Persian with English subtitles
Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie's request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend, Samir. During his tense, brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Ali Mosaffa, Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language/130m.
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Academy Award winner: best foreign language film
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:50 Daily showtimes: 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.
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:15 8:55
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, 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: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 5:50
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: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 6:10
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
Need for Speed (2-D, 3-D)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 (2-D) 3:10 (3-D) 6:05 (2-D) 9:00 (3-D)
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. Directed by Scott Waugh. Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Kid Cudi, Michael Keaton. Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language/124m.
300: Rise of an Empire (2-D, 3-D)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 4:05 (3-D) 6:40 (3-D) 9:15 (2-D)
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Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:20 5:40 8:00 (No 8:00 showing on March 20)
Meet Mr. Peabody — a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel laureate, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius. He also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy, Sherman, hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet — being a parent. Directed by Rob Minkoff. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton. Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor/97m.
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:15 8:45 (No 6:15 or 8:45 showing on March 20)
During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Nate Parker, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references/106m.