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    Aug. 1-7
    A Most Wanted Man
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:35 3:20 6:05 8:50
    When a half-Chechen, half-Russian and brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity — oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, this is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl. Rated R for language/122m.
    Wish I Was Here
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:30 4:05 6:35 9:10
    Director Zach Braff's follow-up to his indie breakout hit "Garden State" tells the story of a 30-something man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. Directed by and starring Braff, along with Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon. Rated R for language and some sexual content/106m.
    And So It Goes
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:00 3:30 5:55 8:25
    There are a million reasons not to like Realtor Oren Little, and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned 9-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor, Leah, and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart — to his family, to Leah, and to life itself — in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner. Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd, Frances Sternhagen. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements/94m.
    Grand Seduction
    Times: Daily showtimes: 3:40 9:00
    A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor's time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. Directed by Don McKellar. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban. Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material and drug references/112m.
    Chef
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:50 6:15
    Chef Carl Casper takes to the road in a food truck, going back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Rated R for language, including some suggestive references/115m.
    Begin Again
    Times: Daily showtimes: 2:00 4:30 6:55 9:20 (No 6:55 showing on Aug. 7)
    A soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta and her long-time boyfriend, Dave, are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Directed by John Carney. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Cee Lo Green. Rated R for language.
    Ashland Street Cinemas
    Aug. 1-7
    Guardians of the Galaxy 3D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 (2-D) 3:10 (3-D) 6:10 (2-D) 9:10 (3-D)
    An action-packed, epic space adventure, that expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language/121m.
    Get on Up
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:00 3:00 6:00 9:00
    Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Directed by Tate Taylor. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations/139m.
    Hercules 3D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 1:15 (3-D) 3:45 (2-D) 6:15 (2-D) 8:45 (3-D)
    Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth ... he must be Hercules. Directed by Brett Ratner. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson. Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity/99m.
    Lucy
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:20 2:30 4:45 7:10 9:30
    From "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" to "The Fifth Element," writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy," an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Starring Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton. Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality/90m.
    Planes: Fire & Rescue
    Times: Daily showtimes: 12:30 2:40 4:50 7:00 (No 7:00 showing on Aug. 7)
    A new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super-scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Roberts Gannaway. Starring Julie Bowen, Jerry Stiller, Ed Harris, Dane Cook, Regina King, Stacy Keach. Rated PG for action and some peril/84m.
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3-D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 11:55 2:10 (Aug. 7 only) 2:50 5:10 (Aug. 7 only) 5:45 8:40
    A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language/130m.
    Edge of Tomorrow in 2-D
    Times: Daily showtimes: 9:20
    Maj. William Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop — forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again "¦ and again. Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material/113m.
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