Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

Jan. 24-30

August: Osage County

Two Academy Award nominations: Actress Meryl Streep, supporting actress Julia Roberts

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:50 8:40

A dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Directed by John Wells. Starring Streep, Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard. Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material/121m.



Inside Llewyn Davis

Two Academy Award nominations: Cinematography, sound mixing

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show:12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:35 6:15 8:50

A week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making. Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund. Rated R for language including some sexual references/105m.



HER

Five Academy Award nominations: Picture, original screenplay, production design, original score, original song

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:15 6:05 9:00

Theodore Twombly is a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity/126m.



Nebraska

Six Academy Award nominations: Picture, director Alexander Payne, actor Bruce Dern, supporting actress June Squibb, original screenplay, cinematography

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

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Starring Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Squibb, Bob Odenkirk. Rated R for some language/115m.

Philomena

Four Academy Award nominations: Picture, actress Judi Dench, original score, adapted screenplay

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:25 6:55 9:20

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 Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark. Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references/100m/F/TWC.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

Jan. 24-30

American Hustle

Ten Academy Award nominations: Picture, director David O. Russell, actor Christian Bale, actress Amy Adams, supporting actor Bradley Cooper, supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence, original screenplay, film editing, production design, costume design

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:05 Daily showtimes: 5:15 8:25

This is a fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and Mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Bale, Cooper, Adams, Jeremy Renner, Lawrence. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence/138m.



Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:20 8:50

Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action-thriller set in the present day. This original story follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA, where he becomes an analyst under the guardianship of his handler, Harper. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Branagh, David Paymer, Colm Feore. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language/106m.



The Nut Job 3D

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:10 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:30 (2-D) 5:45 (2-D) 8:00 (3-D)

Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter — Maury's Nut Store. Starring Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor/85m.



Lone Survivor

Times: Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:10 9:00

Two Academy Award nominations: Sound editing, sound mixing

Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings." Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Marcus Luttrell was the only member of his team to survive. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch. Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language/121m.