Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective March 25-31
Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:35
Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:10 9:00
An epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring Jena Malone, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino, Abbie Cornish, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language/120m/S/Warner Bros.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10
Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10
Two sci-fi geeks are on a pilgrimage that takes them to America's UFO heartland. There they accidentally meet an alien — a space-traveling smart-mouth, who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. Directed by Greg Mottola. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Seth Rogan as the voice of Paul. Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use/116m/S/Universal.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:45
Daily showtimes: 4:55 7:10 9:20
To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) "naive" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's never stayed at a hotel. And he's never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith. Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and drug use/87m/F/Fox SL.
The Adjustment Bureau
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20
Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:20 8:45
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful Elise Sellas, a ballet dancer. Just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself — the men of the Adjustment Bureau — who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. Directed by George Nolfi. Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image/99m/F/Universal.
The King's Speech
Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45
Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:55 8:35
Twelve Academy Award nominations; Winner Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay
Based on the true story of the Queen of England's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. Directed by Tom Hooper. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter. Rated R for some language/119m/F/Weinstein.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective March 25-31
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:55
Daily showtimes: 3:20 5:55 8:30
As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother and chief tormentor Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. Directed by David Bowers. Starring Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron. Rated PG for some mild rude humor and mischief/100m/S/Fox.
Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:25
Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:35 8:10
See review, Page 9
Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language /106m/S/Relativity.
Battle: Los Angeles
Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:45
Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:15 9:00
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world —— Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Pena. Rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language/116m/S/Sony.
Mars Needs Moms
Fri.-Sun. early show: 2:20
Daily showtimes: 4:35
Take out the trash, eat your broccoli — who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Milo's quest to save his mom involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigatingan elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground Earthman and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom — in more ways than one. Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed. Directed by Simon Wells. Starring Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon, Joan Cusack. Rated PG for sci-fi action and peril/88m/S/Disney.
Red Riding Hood
Daily showtimes: 6:45 9:20
Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie. Rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality/109m/S/Warner Bros.
Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:35
Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:45 8:20
A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits, and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp. Rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking/107m/S/Paramount.
The Lincoln Lawyer
Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:05
Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:25 9:10
See review, Page 9
Directed by Brad Furman. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, John Leguizamo, William H. Macy. Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language/119m/S/Lionsgate.