Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Following schedule effective Jan. 29 to Feb. 4

Broken Embraces

Sat-Mon. early shows: 12:25

Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 9:00

In Spanish and English with English subtitles

A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash where he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life. The man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts; and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, he reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can't direct films, he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died with his beloved Lena. Harry is an active, attractive man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self-induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity. When someone asks him about the time he answered to the name Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment, Harry can't refuse and he tells the person what happened 14 years before. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo, Tamar Novas, Kiti Manver. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material/128m/S/Sony Pictures Classics

The Lovely Bones

Sat-Mon. early shows: 12:10

Daily showtimes: 3:00 6:00 8:50

See review, Page 8

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

Nine

Sat-Mon. early shows: 12:40

Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:50 8:30

A vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of a world famous film director as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life. Directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"). Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking/sexual content/110m/S/The Weinstein Company

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Sat-Mon. early shows: 1:10

Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:40 9:20

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. 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

Up in the Air

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:20

Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10

A corporate downsizing expert's cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent flyer miles and has 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. 29 to Feb. 4

Extraordinary Measures

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:25

Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:35 9:10

See review, Page 8

Directed by Tom Vaughan. Starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Courtney B. Vance. Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment/106m/F/CBS Films

The Tooth Fairy

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:40

Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:35 8:00

Derek, a hard-charging hockey player. discourages a youngster's hopes and is sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. Directed by Michael Lembeck. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Stephen Merchant, Ryan Sheckler. Rated PG for mild language, some rude humor and sports action/101m/F/Fox

Edge of Darkness

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:50

Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:10 8:50

As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Shawn Roberts, Bojana Novakovic, Frank Grillo, Gbenga Akinnagbe. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language/117m/S/Warner Brothers

The Book of Eli

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:00

Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:00

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.

Sherlock Holmes

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:20

Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:45 8:35

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.

Avatar

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:15

Daily showtimes: 4:45 8:10

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