Varsity Theatre




There Will Be Blood




A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, "There Will Be Blood" is set on the incendiary frontier of California's turn-of-the-century oil boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview, who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. Nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value &

love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son &

is imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil. Directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson ("Magnolia", "Boogie Nights"); inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel "Oil!" Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor, Dillon Freasier




R for some violence/158m/S/Paramount Vantage




Atonement




In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony &

who has a crush on Robbie &

is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave




R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality/123m/F/Focus




Kite Runner




In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right. An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign. Directed by Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland"); Screenplay by David Benioff, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini Wali Razaqi, Khalid Abdalla, Sa&

239;d Taghmaoui, Shaun Toub, Nasser Memarzia




PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language/128m/S/Paramount Classics




Juno




A whip-smart teen confronts an unplanned pregnancy by a classmate. With the help of her best friend, Juno finds her unborn child a "perfect" set of parents - an affluent suburban couple longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs. Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Rainn Wilson, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner




PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and langu/96m/S/Fox Searchlight




Persepolis




Marjane Satrapi's critically acclaimed memoir comes to life in the witty and heartfelt animated feature about a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager, while fighting being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Featuring the voice talents of Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni




PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content/95m/F/Sony Pictures Classics




Ashland Street Cinemas




Fool's Gold




Finn is an affable, modern-day treasure hunter obsessed with finding a treasure lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by a billionaire, Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure's whereabouts. Finn convinces the tycoon and his celebutante daughter to join him in the pursuit of the treasure. Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland




PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language/112m/S/WB Bucket




List




A corporate billionaire and a working class mechanic share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common - a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor. Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow




PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference/97m/F/Warner Bros.




Sweeney Todd




A big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." A man unjustly sent to prison vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again." Directed by Tim Burton; Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen




R for graphic bloody violence/117m/F/Paramount




Diving Bell and the Butterfly




The remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby's fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life's passions, his memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze




PG-13 for nudity, sexual content and some language/112m/F/Miramax




Over Her Dead Body




In this supernatural comedy, a woman discovers her new boyfriend is being haunted by the malicious ghost of his former fiance. Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Jason Biggs, Lake Bell




PG-13 for sexual content and language/95m/S/New Line




27 Dresses




Jane is an idealistic, romantic and completely selfless woman"&

166;a perennial bridal attendant whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss &

with whom she is secretly in love &

Jane begins to re-examine her lifestyle. Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Ed Burns, Melora Hardin, Judy Greer




PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality/111m/S/Fox