Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

Dec. 9-15

The Descendants

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:10 8:55

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after an accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters to Kauai from Oahu to confrontthe man who was having an affair with her. Meanwhile, Matt wrestles with a decision whether or not to sell the family's land, handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. Directed by Alexander Payne. Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Patricia Hastie. Rated R for language including some sexual references/115m.

Moneyball

Times: Daily showtime: 6:20

(Return engagement) Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane partners with an Ivy League grad and recruits bargain players that the scouts call flawed. Directed by Bennett Miller. Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill. Rated PG-13 for some strong language/133m.



The Muppets

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:45 8:10

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends, Gary and Mary, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise $10 million to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/103m.



Take Shelter

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:35 9:20

See review, Page 11

Directed by Jeff Nichols. Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain. Rated R for some language/120m.



J. Edgar

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10 Daily showtimes: 5:20 8:30

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, eight presidents and three wars, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts. Rated R for brief strong language/138m.



The Way

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10

Tom, an American doctor, is in France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom embarks on the historical pilgrimage. Armed with his son's backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800-kilometer pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain. While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all looking for greater meaning in their lives. Filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago. Directed by Emiio Estevez. Starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Yorick van Wageningen. Rated PG-13/115m.

Schedule effective Dec. 9-15

New Year's Eve

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 9:00

New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Seth Meyers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank. Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references/118m.



Arthur Christmas

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:35 8:00

A wild look at Santa's ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. Voice talents of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/100m (includes Santa Claus is Coming to Town short on some prints).



Hugo (in 3D)

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:05 (in 2D) 5:55 8:50

With the help of an eccentric girl, an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart-shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick's award-winning and imaginative bestseller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jude Law. Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking/126m.



Happy Feet Two (in 3D)

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 (in 2D) Daily showtimes: 3:25 (3D) 5:55 (2D) 8:20 (3D)

See review, Page 11

Starring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Matt Damon. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril/99m+4m.



Breaking Dawn Part 1

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:25 9:10

A chain of events set off by Edward and Bella's marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders. Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning. Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements/118m.