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  • VARSITY THEATRE
    Schedule effective
    June 13-19
    Palo Alto
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:00 3:40 6:15 8:40
    From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence, based on several linked stories by James Franco. Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin — a popular soccer player and frequent baby-sitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. Teddy is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI — secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection — Fred seduces Emily, a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred's escalating recklessness spirals into chaos. An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction. Directed by Coppola; Starring Emma Roberts, Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer. Rated R for strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and pervasive language — all involving teens/100m.
    Ida
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:45 2:55 5:05 7:10 9:15
    In Polish with English subtitles
    Poland 1962. Anna is a beautiful 18-year-old woman, preparing to become a nun at the convent where she has lived since orphaned as a child. She learns she has a living relative she must visit before taking her vows, her mother's sister, Wanda. Her aunt, she learns, is not only a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor notorious for sentencing priests and others to death, but also a Jew. Anna learns from her aunt that she too is Jewish — and that her real name is Ida. This revelation sets Anna, now Ida, on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking/80m.
    Word and Pictures
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:10 3:50 6:30 9:05
    Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus laments his students' obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Directed by Fred Schepisi. Starring Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13 for sexual material including nude sketches, language and some mature thematic material/111m.
    The Fault in Our Stars
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:15 3:05 6:00 8:55
    See review, Page 11
    Directed by Josh Boone. Starring Sam Trammell, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language/126m.
    Chef
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:20 4:05 6:45 9:25
    Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and he is left to figure out what's next. Taking to the road in a food truck, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Favreau, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr. Rated R for language, including some suggestive references/115m.
    ASHLAND STREET CINEMAS
    Schedule effective
    June 13-19
    How to Train Your Dragon in 3-D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:30 (2-D) 4:00 (2-D) 5:45 (2-D) 8:15 (3-D)
    The thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago. Directed by Dean DeBlois. Starring Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill. Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor/102m.
    22 Jump Street
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:25 3:05 6:30 9:10
    After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case — they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence/112m.
    Redwood Highway
    Times: Daily showtimes: 4:50
    Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years. Directed by Gary Lundgren. Starring Shirley Knight, James LeGros, Tom Skerritt, Zena Gray, Michelle Lombardo. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including a scene of menace/90m.
    Edge of Tomorrow in 3-D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:45 (3-D) 4:10 (2-D) 6:00 (3-D) 9:20 (2-D)
    Maj. William Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop — forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again " and again. Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material/113m.
    A Million Ways to Die in the West
    Times: Daily showtimes: 2:15 9:30
    Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Starring MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material/116m.
    Maleficent
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:40 (2-D) 3:30 (3-D) 6:50 (2-D) 8:45 (3-D)
    The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning. Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence/98m.
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 3:00 5:55 8:55
    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future. Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen. Rated PG-13/131m.
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