Varsity Theatre




Mamma Mia!




Film adaptation of the musical based on the music of ABBA. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends to Sophie's wedding. And Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own, three men from Donna's past, any one of whom could be Sophie's father. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Waters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski. PG-13 for some sex related comments/109m/S/Universal




When Did You Last See Your Father




Blake is married with two children, an established author, and having to face the fact that his father is terminally ill. In a flashback to the late 1950s, Arthur hits the hard shoulder skip ahead of traffic at a car racing event, and eight year old Blake, and the rest of the family, are crippled with embarrassment. It's the first of many memories that illustrate Arthur's bluff attitude to life and his pride in getting something for nothing. When Blake and his family confront the reality of Arthur's cancer, Blake is forced to reconcile himself with the past. Blake's recollections are interspersed with heart-rending and often uncompromising scenes of Arthur's decline and submission to the disease that is killing him. Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson, Gina McKee, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew Beard, Elaine Cassidy. PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and brief strong language/92m/S/Sony Pictures Classics




X-Files: I Want to Believe




A stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed episodes, this takes the complicated relationship between Mulder and Scully in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits. Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xzibit, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Godley. PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material/104m/S/Fox




Space Chimps —




The slacker grandson of the first chimp blasted into space joins two other astronaut chimps for a dangerous mission to an inhabited planet. When they're stranded there, the chimps must help rid the planet of a tyrannical leader, and then figure out how to get back to Earth. Voice talents of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Patrick Warburton, Kristin Chenoweth, Stanley Tucci. G/81m/S/Fox







Children of Huang Shi — — —




In English, Japanese and Mandarin. A young British journalist, George Hogg, with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, lead a group of 60 orphaned children on an extraordinary journey across hundreds of miles of treacherous terrain, through snow-covered mountains and an unforgiving desert, in order to save them during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode; ("Shake Hands with the Devil", "Air America", "Under Fire") Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, David Wenham, Radha Mitchell. R for some disturbing and violent content/124m/S/Sony Pictures Classics







Jellyfish (Meduzot) —




In Hebrew, English, Tagalog and German with English subtitles. A poignant, witty story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. One takes in a child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Another breaks her leg, ruining her chance at a dream Caribbean honeymoon. A third has guiltily left her son behind in her native Philippines. As this trio separately wends their way through Israel's most cosmopolitan city, they struggle with issues of communication, affection and destiny. Directed by Etgar Keret; Starring Sarah Adler, Tsipor Aizen, Bruria Albek, Ilanit Ben-Yaakov, Assi Dayan. Not Rated/78m/F/Zeitgeist




Ashland Street Cinemas




Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor




The action shifts to Asia in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick, son Alex, wife Evelyn and her brother Jonathan must stop China's ruthless Dragon Emperor, who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong. PG-13 for adventure action and violence/113m/S/Universal







Step Brothers




Brennan Huff is a sporadically employed 39-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy. Dale Doback is a terminally unemployed 40-year-old who lives with his father, Robert. When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two immature, overgrown "boys" will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their family together. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Katherine Hahn. R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language/98m/S/Sony







Swing Vote




Bud Johnson is an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot in his life is his precocious, over-achieving twelve-year-old daughter Molly. She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the presidential election coming down to one vote... her dad's. Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci. PG-13 for language/120m/S/Disney







Dark Knight




Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. This proves to be effective, but they find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Directed by Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins", "The Prestige", "Memento") Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace/152m/S/WB







Hancock




A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional whose life he's saved and who's trying to repair his image. Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman. PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language/94m/S/Sony







WALL"&

162;E




After hundreds of lonely years of fullfilling his purpose, WALL"&

162;E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a search robot named EVE. EVE finds that WALL"&

162;E has stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to humans. Directed and written by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo"); Featuring the voice talents of Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver. G/98m + 6 minute short "PRESTO"/S/Walt Disney