Movies showing at the Varsity Theatre & Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Slumdog Millionaire

Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Music

Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai (Bombay), is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" But police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Directed by Danny Boyle. ("Trainspotting", "Millions"); Starring Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan. R for some violence, disturbing images and language/121m/S/Fox Searchlight

Duplicity

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Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti. PG-13 for language and some sexual content/125m/S/Universal

Last Chance Harvey

New Yorker Harvey Shine is on the verge of losing his job. He goes to London to attend his daughter's wedding, promising to be back on Monday morning or else. In London he learns his daughter has chosen her stepfather to walk her down the aisle instead of him. Devastated, he leaves the wedding in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane. Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey meets Kate, a slightly prickly, 40-something woman whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another's lives. Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Baker, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Eileen Atkins, Richard Schiff. PG-13 for brief strong language/99m/S/Overture

The Reader

Academy Award Winner, Best Actress Kate Winslet

"The Reader" opens in post-World War II Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, when Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life — this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara. R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity/123m/F/Weinstein Co.

Two Lovers

Leonard is a charismatic but troubled young man who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. Recovering under the watchful eye of his parents, Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision — between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love — or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him. Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas, Moni Moshonov. R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use/110m/S/Magnolia

Ashland Street Cinemas

Knowing

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Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, D. G. Maloney. PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language/122m/S/Summit

I Love You, Man

A successful real estate agent gets engaged to the woman of his dreams, but has no male friend close enough to serve as Best Man. He sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre "man-dates" before meeting Sydney, a charming, opinionated man with whom he bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peter's relationship with his fiancee suffers, forcing him to choose between her and his new found "bro." Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly. R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references/105m/F/Paramount

Watchmen

A multi-layered mystery adventure set in an alternate 1985 America where superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" that charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When a former colleague is murdered, the washed-up determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past portending catastrophic consequences for the future. Directed by Zack Snyder ("300"). Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Malin Akerman. R for graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language/162m/S/Warner Bros.

Race to Witch Mountain

A secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings, is called Witch Mountain. When a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure to save the world. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Cheech Marin. PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic element/99m/S/Disney

Monsters vs. Aliens

A ragtag group of Monsters, including a 50-foot tall California girl, is kept locked up in a covert government compound until a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In desperation, the president is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction. Voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Rudd. PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language/94m/S/Paramount

Haunting in Connecticut

When their son Matt is diagnosed with cancer, the Petersons uproot their family to Connecticut for his treatment. Matt grows increasingly disturbed by paranormal activity that seems to possess the house, and his mother turns to an enigmatic priest who appears to rid the house of its ghosts — until the boy's condition takes a sudden and unexplained turn for the worse and their lives are put in grave danger. Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas, Kyle Gallner, Amanda Crew. PG-13 for some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images/92m/S/Lionsgate