Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective Jan 15 to Jan. 21

The Lovely Bones

Sat-Mon. early shows: 12:00/2:25

Daily showtimes: 3:00/5:25 6:00/8:25 9:00/11:25

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, a young girl who has been murdered watches over her family — and her killer— from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language/sexual content/135m/S/Paramount

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Sat-Mon. early shows: 12:25/2:35

Daily showtimes: 3:10/5:20 5:50/8:00 8:35/10:45

This fantastical morality tale is the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary traveling show, where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Long ago he made a bet with the devil in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching that age and Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Directed by Terry Gilliam; Starring Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp. Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking/122m/F/Sony Pictures Classics

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Sat-Mon. early shows 1:20/3:30

Daily showtimes: 4:00/6:10 6:40/8:50 9:20/11:30

A rogue detective, as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs, is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves. Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer. Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality/122m/F/First Look

It's Complicated

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:35/2:45

Daily showtimes: 3:20/5:30 6:10/8:20 8:50/11:00

Three Golden Globe nominations: Best Comedy, Supporting Actress, Screenplay

See review, Page 11

Jane, a successful businesswoman and the mother of three grown kids, has — after a decade of divorce — an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But things get complicated after an innocent meal together turns into an affair. Directed by Nancy Meyers; Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell. Rated R for some drug content and sexuality/120m/F/Universal

Up in the Air

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:10/3:10

Daily showtimes: 3:50/5:50 6:30/8:30 9:10/11:10

A corporate downsizing expert's cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Directed by Jason Reitman; Starring George Clooney, Jason Bateman, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Vera Farmiga. Rated R for language and some sexual content; 109m/F/Paramount

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective Jan 15 to Jan. 21

The Book of Eli

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:30/2:40

Daily showtimes: 3:20/5:30 6:10/8:20 9:00/11:10

In the not-too-distant future, across the wasteland of what was once America, a lone warrior must fight to bring civilization the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption. Directed by Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes; Starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals. Rated R for some brutal violence and language/118m/S/Warner Bros.

Spy Next Door

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:50/3:30

Daily showtimes: 4:10/5:50 6:25/8:05 8:40/10:20

When his girlfriend leaves town, superspy Bob Ho volunteers to baby-sit her kids. But when one of them downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's Russian terrorist archenemy moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in his most challenging mission. Directed by Brian Levant; Starring Jackie Chan, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Madeline Carroll. Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor/92m/F/Lionsgate

Youth in Revolt

Daily showtimes: 7:15/8:55 9:25/11:05

See review, Page 8

Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne. Directed by Miguel Arteta; Starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Justin Long. Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use/90m/F/Weinstein

Sherlock Holmes

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:10/2:30

Daily showtimes: 3:00/5:20 5:55/8:15 8:50/11:10

Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor

Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will — along with Watson, of course — battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Directed by Guy Ritchie; Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material/128m/F/Warner Bros.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:20/2:00 2:40/4:20

Daily showtimes: 4:55/6:35

Move over Alvin, Simon and Theodore. In this sequel we're introduced to the Chipmunks' female counterparts, the Chipettes. Directed by Betty Thomas; Starring Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris. PG for some mild rude humor/88m/F/Fox

Avatar

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:15/4:05

Daily showtimes: 4:45/7:35 8:10/11:00

In conventional 2-D

Four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama, Director, Score, Song

Jake Sully is a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Bitter and disillusioned, he's still a warrior at heart. He finds something worth fighting for on a distant world. He's recruited to join an expedition to the moon Pandora, which corporate interests are strip-mining for a valuable mineral. They use a link system that projects a person's consciousness into a hybrid of humans and Pandora's indigenous humanoids. This human-Na'vi hybrid — resembling the Na'vi but possessing the individual human's thoughts, feelings and personality — is known as an "avatar." Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver. Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking/162m/S/Fox

Leap Year

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 2:00/3:50

Daily showtimes: 4:20/6:10 6:45/8:35 9:10/11:00

See review, Page 8

Directed by Anand Tucker. Starring Amy Adams, John Lithgow. Rated PG for sensuality and language/100m/S/Universal