Varsity Theatre

Dec. 1-7

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Lady Bird

Sat-Sun early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut, finding both humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after the father loses his job, and her teenage daughter. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, "Lady Bird" is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Directed by Greta Gerwig; Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith. Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying/93m.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Sat-Sun early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. Directed by Dan Gilroy; Starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Shelley Hennig, Carmen Ejogo, Tony Plana, Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren, Sam Gilroy. Rated PG-13 for language and some violence/122m.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sat-Sun early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:25, 9:10

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Directed by Martin McDonagh; Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges. Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references/115m/F/Fox Searchlight

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Sat-Sun early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:35, 8:10

The magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. Directed by Bharat Nalluri; Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathon Pryce, Simon Callow. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language/104m.

Murder on the Orient Express

Sat-Sun early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:05, 5:50, 8:40

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Directed by Kenneth Branagh; Starring Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi. Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements/114m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 1-7

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Coco

Sat-Sun early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50, (3-D) 8:15

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina; Starring Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach. Rated PG for thematic elements/128m includes short "Olaf's Frozen Adventure".

Wonder

Sat-Sun early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 2:40, 5:30, 8:45

Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Directed by Stephen Chbosky; Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Ali Liebert, Crystal Lowe, Sonia Braga Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language/113m.

Justice League

Sat-Sun early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 3:35, 6:25, 9:15

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Directed by Zack Snyder; Starring Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christina Wren, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action/119m.

The Star

Sat-Sun early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 3:45, 5:55, 8:05

A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas. Directed by Timothy Reckart; Starring Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant Rated PG for some thematic elements/86m.

Daddy's Home 2

Sat-Sun early show: 11:55, 2:20 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. Directed by Sean Anders; Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, Scarlett Estevez, Alessandra Ambrosio. Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language/98m.

Thor: Ragnarok

Sat-Sun early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:10, 9:05

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. Directed by Taika Waititi; Starring Chris Hemsworth, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material/130m.