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Listings for Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 18-24

Note: No films starting after 6:15 p.m. will be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Wild (NEW)

Daily showtimes, beginning Friday, Dec. 19: 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:55, 6:15, 7:45, 9:00

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. "Wild" powerfully captures the" "terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. Filmed primarily in Oregon, including scenes in Ashland. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée; Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language/115m

The Homesman

Daily showtimes: 12:30, 3:15, 6:05, 8:50

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones; Also starring Miranda Otto, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Grace Gummer, Sonja Richter. Rated R for violence, sexual content, some disturbing behavior and nudity/122m.

The Theory of Everything

Daily showtimes: 12:00, 2:50 5:40 8:35

The extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking. Directed by James Marsh; Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material/123m.

Pelican Dreams

Thursday, Dec. 18 only: 4:25 9:10    

What's it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? Sundance- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward California brown pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans' nesting grounds, Pacific Coast migration and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? Pelican Dreams, stars "Gigi" (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing).Rated G/80m. 

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Thursday, Dec. 18 only: 2:35 5:30 8:25

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material/123m.

Citizenfour

Thursday, Dec. 18 only: 6:30

A real-life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).Rated R for language/114m.

Birdman

Daily showtimes:12:15, 3:05, 5:55, 8:45

A black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence/120 min.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 18-24

Note: No films starting after 7 p.m. will be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (NEW)

Sat.-Wed. early shows: (2D) 12:50, 1:50

Daily showtimes: (2D) 5:15, 8:30; (3D) 4:30, 7:45 (Thursday, Dec. 18 only); 4:10, 7:30 (Fri.-Wed)

The epic conclusion of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. Directed by Peter Jackson; Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry" "Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images/144m

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (NEW)

Sat.-Wed. early show: 1:00; Fri.-Wed. showtimes: 3:40, 6:25, 9:00

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.  Directed by Shawn Levy; Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley. Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language/98m

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Showtimes, Thursday, Dec. 18 only: (2D) 5:10; (3D) 8:40

Friday, Dec. 19-Wednesday, Dec. 24: (2D) 1:20 Sat.-Wed. only; Daily showtimes 4:40, 8:00

From director Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") comes the epic adventure of one man's courage to take on the might of an empire. Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Co-starring Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley. Rated PG-13 for violence, including battle sequences and intense images/150m

Penguins of Madagascar 2-D

Thursday, Dec. 18 only:: 3:00  

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then ... you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world. Directed by Simon J. Smith. Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor/92m.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Thursday, Dec. 18 only:: 3:10 6:05

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Directed by Francis Lawrence; Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material/123m

Interstellar

Thursday, Dec. 18 only: 3:30, 7:45

Fri.-Wed. showtimes: 4:00 7:40

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Bursty. Rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language/169 min.

Big Hero 6

Daily showtimes: 2:50 5:30 8:10 (No 5:30 show on Thursday, Dec. 18)

An action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother, Tadashi, and their like-minded friends. Rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements/108.