Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Good Hair

Chris Rock examines the cost, both financial and sociological, of African-American hair culture in this hilarious, Sundance award-winning film. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure after Rock's daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Celebrities such as Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symone, Maya Angelou and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question. Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity/95m/F/Roadside Attractions

Pirate Radio

Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill," "Love Actually") brings audiences his most personal comedy to date, the story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the '60s, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that preferred jazz. Leading the cast of the new film are Academy Award-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Radio Rock's infamous deejay, The Count; Bill Nighy as the station's owner/ship's captain, Quentin; Rhys Ifans as mystic deejay royalty, Gavin; Nick Frost as the amorous, sarcastic disc jockey, Dave; and Kenneth Branagh as the man out to shut down Radio Rock, Minister Dormandy. Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity/116m/S/Focus

Men Who Stare at Goats

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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

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Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking/110m/S/Sony Pictures Classics

Amelia

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart — known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from Eleanor Roosevelt to her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, to her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world destined to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history. 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

Bright Star

London, 1818 — a secret love affair begins between 23-year-old English poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. But when Keats' brother falls ill, John and Fanny are drawn together. Keats, touched by Fanny's efforts to help care for his brother, agrees to teach her poetry. 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

2012

Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow") directs this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about the world coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis races to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, George Segal. Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language/158m/S/Sony 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"

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

Paranormal Activity

After a young, middle-class couple moves into a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is most active in the middle of the night. 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.