Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

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A Serious Man

The Coen brothers present the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolf, Sari Wagner, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin. Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence /105m/F/Focus

Good Hair

Chris Rock's Sundance award-winning film. Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity/95m/F/Roadside Attractions

Pirate Radio

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Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity/116m/S/Focus

An Education

Jenny's school friends are thrilled with her newfound sophistication, but her English teacher is concerned that her prize pupil seems determined to throw away her evident gifts and certain chance of higher education. Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Emma Thompson. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking/95m/S/Sony Pictures Classics

The 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. George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Mader. Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity/93m/S/Overture

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

Ashland Street Cinemas


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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

Where the Wild Things Are

Based on the book by Maurice Sendak. PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language/94m/S/Warner Bros.

Twilight Saga: New Moon

Following Bella's ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen and his family abandon the town of Forks, Wash., in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. PG-13 for some violence and action/130m/S/Summit Planet 51

Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51, and to his surprise finds that the planet is inhabited by little green people happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America. Voice talents of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese. Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor/91m/S/Sony

Blind Side

A homeless African-American youngster from a broken home is taken in by a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential on and off the football field. The remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher. Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins. Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references/126m/F/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. PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images/111/F/Sony