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Listings for Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 25-Jan. 1


Daily showtimes: 2:20, 5:20, 8:25

An epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a  raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II — only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock. Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language/137m. 

Imitation Game

Daily showtimes: 12:35, 3:20, 6:05, 8:50

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of "gross indecency," an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Also starring Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking/114m.


Daily showtimes: 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:55, 6:15, 7:45, 9:00

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (DRAMA) — BEST ACTRESS (Reese Witherspoon). 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 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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 25-Jan. 1

Into the Woods

Daily showtimes: 12:00, 2:55, 5:50, 8:45

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) — BEST MOTION PICTURE, BEST ACTRESS (Emily Blunt), BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Meryle Streep). A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Directed by Rob Marshall; Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie. Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material/125m.


Daily showtimes: 12:10, 3:05, 5:55, 8:45

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) — BEST ACTRESS (Quvenzhane Wallis). Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise  that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Directed by Will Gluck. Also starring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Cameron Diaz. Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor/118m.

The Gambler

Daily showtimes: 12:50, 3:30, 6:20, 9:00

Jim Bennett is a risk-taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a  student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Starring John Goodman, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams. Rated R for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity/110m.

Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Daily showtimes: (2D) 12:00, 3:55, 7:10; (3D) 12:40, 8:30

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

Daily showtimes: 12:15, 2:45, 6:50, 9:10

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

Daily showtime: 5:15

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


Daily showtime: 3:15

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.