Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Bill Cunningham New York
Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:45
Daily showtimes: 4:55 7:00 9:10
Filmmaker Richard Press says it took 10 years to make this portrait of Cunningham, the first eight spent convincing his subject to acquiesce. Anyone who has so much as glanced at the Style section of the Times will recognize Cunningham's work: an obsessive, meticulous, witty and eclectic array of images of New Yorkers dressed to kill. Cunningham is famous for spotting trends before anyone else, for giving young and unknown fashionistas as much play as society's grande dames, and for rejecting every hostess's effort to get him to stop for just one moment to sip champagne or shoot the breeze. Cunningham is a New York original, a man who has joyously transformed fashion into urban anthropology. Directed by Richard Press. Starring Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors. Not Rated/84m/F/Blu-ray/Zeitgeist Films.
Everything Must Go
Sat.-Sun. early shows: 1:40
Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:25 8:45
Nick Porter, a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone, gets fired for falling off the wagon one last time. He returns home to find his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line — or more properly, on the lawn — reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Directed by Dan Rush. Starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Stephen Root, Laura Dern. Rated R for language and some sexual content/97m/S/Roadside Attractions.
POM WonderfulPresents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30
Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:00 8:15
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising in a film that was fully financed through — wait for it — product placement! Directed by 2011 AIFF Rogue Award Recipient Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"); Starring Morgan Spurlock. Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual material/90m/S.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00
Daily showtimes: 8:55
In French and Italian with English subtitles
Cannes Best Actress Juliette Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village who attends a lecture by a British author on authenticity and fakery in art. Afterwards, she invites him on a tour of the countryside during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretence and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye? Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Starring Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson. Not Rated/106m/F/IFC.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10
Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:15 7:15 9:15
A prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better. "I AM" recounts what happened to a successful filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew. Directed by Tom Shadyac. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing image/80m/F/Paladin.
Water for Elephants
Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:15
Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer married to a charismatic but dangerous husband in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook. Rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content/121m/S/Fox.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective May 20-25
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2D)
Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55
Daily showtimes: 3:00 6:00 9:05
Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica, Jack Sparrow's not sure if it's love — or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica. Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence, some frightening images, sensuality and innuendo/137m/S/Disney.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15
Daily showtimes: 3:30
Real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother's strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion. Directed by Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill; Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Rated G/89m.
Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30
Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 8:55
A maid-of-honor, lovelorn and broke, looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy. Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout/125m.
Priest (in 2D)
Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 2:35
Daily showtimes: 4:50 7:10 9:30
A western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, set in an alternate world, one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. A legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. He disobeys church law when he sets out to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. Directed by Scott Stewart. Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language/88m/S/Sony.
Daily showtimes: 5:45 8:25
Friendships are tested and secrets surface when terminally single Rachel lands in bed with her best friend's fiance. Directed by Luke Greenfield. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material/113m/F/WB.
Thor (in 2D)
Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:05
Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:15
Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war, is cast down to Earth by his father Odin to live among humans. Thor learns about love, and what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence/115m/S/Paramount.
Rio (in 2D)
Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45
Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:35 8:00
Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in a small town in Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. Shortly after they meet, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. Starring the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez. Rated G/99m/S/Fox.