Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Advance showing at 7 p.m. 12/20; regular engagement begins 12/21 — see www.catheaters.com for showtimes
Hoping to distance himself from the fallout of a libel conviction, journalist Mikael Blomkvist retreats to a remote island in Sweden's far north where the murder of a young girl still haunts her industrialist uncle 40 years later. The investigation draws Blomkvist into the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful, and throws him together with on unlikely ally. Directed by David Fincher; Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Julian Sands, Joely Richardson. Rated R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language/157.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 2:05 Daily showtimes: 4:30 6:55 9:20
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend who is now married with kids. Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, J.K. Simmons. Rated R for language and some sexual content/94m/F/Paramount.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:10 8:55
See review, Page 11
Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Patricia Hastie. Rated R for language including some sexual references/115m.
Times: Daily showtime: 8:10 (No 8:10 showing on 12/20)
(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.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:15 5:45 (No 5:45 showing on 12/20)
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. Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/103m.
Times: Daily showtimes: 3:10 8:40
Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a 6-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain. Rated R for some language/120m.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 5:40
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.
Times: Sat.-Tues. 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. 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. 16-20
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Advance showing at 8:50 p.m. 12/20; regular engagement begins 12/21 — see www.catheaters.com for showtimes
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated, and Ethan and his rogue team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. Directed by Brad Bird. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Pegg. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence/133m.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 1:40 Daily showtime: 4:00 6:20 8:40
Playing around on a cruise ship, the Chipmunks accidentally go overboard and are marooned in a tropical paradise that's not as deserted as it seems. Starring Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris. Rated G/90m.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:10 9:10
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material/129m.
New Year's Eve
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:35 9:20
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, Hilary Swank. Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references/118m.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 2:55 5:05 7:15 9:25
See review, Page 11
Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence/83m.
Times: Sat.-Tues. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:20 5:45 8:10
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.-Tues. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:05 (in 2D) 5:55 8:50 (No 8:50 3D showing 12/20)
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. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jude Law. Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking/126m.