Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Men Who Stare at Goats

Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of a story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through solid walls and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the program's founder has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him. George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Mader. Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity/93m/S/Overture

Coco Before Chanel

In French with English subtitles

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, began her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. The film portray's the formative years of Chanel's life, the years Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself. Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking/110m/S/Sony Pictures Classics

Amelia

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Directed by Mira Nair ("The Namesake"); Starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Mia Wasikowska

PG for some sexuality, language, thematic elements and smoking/110m/S/Fox Searchlight

Departures

In Japanese with English subtitles — Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film

Daigo, a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency, only to discover that the job is actually for a 'Nokanshi' or 'encoffineer,' a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. PG-13 for thematic material/131m/F/Regent Releasing

Bright Star

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Directed by Jane Campion; Starring Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox. PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking/119m/F/Apparition

Ashland Street Cinemas

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late. Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes. Rated PG for scary sequences and images/96m/S/Disney

The Box

Norma and Arthur are an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son ... until a mysterious man appears on their doorstep and presents a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images/116m/S/Warner Bros.

Michael Jackson's 'This is It'

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Directed by Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson's creative partner and the director of the stage show. PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images/111/F/Sony

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore explores the current global economic meltdown, taking a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in "the biggest robbery in the history of this country" — the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions. Directed, written and starring Michael Moore. R for some language/127m/S/Overture

Paranormal Activity

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Directed by Oren Peli; Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Friedrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer. R for language/99m/F/Paramount Where the Wild Things Are

Max, a rambunctious, sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home, escapes to an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. Based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker. PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language/94m/S/Warner Bros.