Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

March 16-22

Friends With Kids

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:15 6:45 9:15

A pair of thirty-something best friends observe the toll having kids take on couples they know, and resolve to bypass that stress. They decide to have a kid together, and date other people. Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Edward Burns. Rated R for sexual content and language/107m.



Rampart

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:34 6:20 8:45

Officer Dave Brown is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal close in on him. Directed by Oren Moverman. Starring Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Steve Buscemi. Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence/107m.



The Artist

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:05 6:35 9:00

Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Actor

Hollywood, 1927: The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for George Valentin, a silent movie superstar. For young extra Peppy Miller, the sky's the limit — major movie stardom awaits. "The Artist" tells the story of their interlinked destinies. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell. Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture/100m.



A Separation

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:05 8:55

In Farsi with English subtitles

Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film

See review, Page 10

Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material/123m.



Pina

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 6:15

Academy Award nominee Best Documentary Feature

Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal elevated dance into brilliantly subversive new expressive realms, and Director Wim Wenders captures the raw, heart-stopping intensity of the movement. Germany's official entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, "Pina" features interviews with and performances by Bausch's beloved original company members, and offers an indelible image of an artist who went the full distance in her uncommonly rich creative life. Directed by Wim Wenders. Rated PG/103m.



The Descendants

Daily showtimes: 3:40 8:40

Academy Award winner Best Adapted Screenplay

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after an accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters to Kauai from Oahu to confront the man who was having an affair with her. Starring George Clooney. Rated R for language including some sexual references/115m.

Schedule effective

March 16-22

The Lorax in 3D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:20 (2D) 5:45 8:10 (2D)

An adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Directed by Chris Renaud. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron. Rated PG/94m.



John Carter in 3D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:10 (2D) 6:05 9:00

See review, Page 10

Directed by Andrew Stanton; Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action/132m/S/Disney.



Project X

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:30 Daily showtimes: 4:50 7:05 9:20

Three high school seniors attempt to make a name for themselves by throwing a party no one will forget. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Starring Kirby Bliss Blandton, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann. Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem — all involving teens/88m.

Schedule effective

March 23-29

Midnight show on March 22

(tickets on sale now for 3/22)

Hunger Games

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:40 Daily showtimes: 2:50 6:00 9:10

In the ruins of what was once North America, 12 remaining districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, televised for all to see. Katniss, 16, becomes a contender in the Games in order to save her little sister from having to compete. Only one of the 24 contenders can survive. Based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins' best selling trilogy. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz. Rated PG-13/142m.