Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas
Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adèle)
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 4:10 8:00
In French with English subtitles
A 15-year-old girl named Adèle is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma, who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Starring Léa Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos. Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content/187m.
Out of the Furnace
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10
Russell Baze has a rough life: He works a dead-end, blue-collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother, Rodney, returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so — with nothing left to lose — Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. Directed by Scott Cooper. Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana. Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content/116m.
Times: Sat-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:40 8:10
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman." When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next 50 years searching for him in vain. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them. Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark. Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references/100m.
The Book Thief
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:55 8:50
This is narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany — a place and time when, as the narrator notes, he was extremely busy. Under the watchful eye and caustic musings of Death, a young girl named Liesel embarks upon a journey marked by discovery, courage, friendship and the power to triumph over the most daunting obstacles. Directed by Brian Percival. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse. Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material/131m.
Dallas Buyers Club
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:00
Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts — who he once would have shunned — and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Also starring Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare. Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use/117m.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 Daily showtimes: 5:20 8:40
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language/146m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
Schedule effective Dec. 13-17
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:45 7:15
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character, Bilbo Baggins, as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images/161m.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2-D
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 5:10 8:40
Times: Sat-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:35 8:10 (No 8:10 showing on Dec. 17)
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. Directed by Chris Buck. Starring Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk. Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor/105m.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:40 5:50 9:00
See capsule under Varsity Theatre.
Advance showing of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" at 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.