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Listings for Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Jan. 23-29

Whiplash

Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:35

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Rated R for strong language including some sexual references/107m.

Mortdecai

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:45 9:00

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Also starring Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Munn. Rated R for some language and sexual material/107m.

Foxcatcher 

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:20; Daily showtimes 3:20, 6:25

The story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins "coaching" a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his  confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral.  Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence/134m.

Selma

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:05; Daily showtime: 3:00, 5:55, 8:50

The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Also starring Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language/128m.

Imitation Game

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:45; Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:15, 9:20

Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, Alan Turing 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.

Wild

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:15; Daily showtime: 9:10

Cheryl Strayed 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.

Blackhat

Daily showtime: 8:20

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s "Blackhat" follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed by Michael Mann; Starring Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Cfar.  

Ashland Street Cinemas

Jan. 23-29

Strange Magic

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 2:45 5:25 8:00

A new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by ""A Midsummer Night's Dream."" Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Directed by Gary Rydstrom; Starring Alfred Molina, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Peter Stormare, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Alan Cumming. Rated PG for some action and scary images/99m.

Boy Next Door

Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10 4:30 6:50 9:10

A psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen. Starring Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman. Rated R for violence, sexual content/nudity and language/91m.

American Sniper

Sat.-Sun. early show: Noon; Daily showtimes: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

The astonishing autobiography of U.S. Navy SEALs Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Directed by Clint Eastwood; Starring Sienna Miller, Bradley Cooper. Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout, including some sexual references/132m.

Wedding Ringer

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15; Daily showtimes: 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; No 6:20 showing on Jan. 29

Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) is owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as the guys try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man, Jimmy. Directed by Jeremy Garelick; also starring Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Olivia Thirlby, Mimi Rogers, Ken Howard. Rated R for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity/101m.

Paddington

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45; Daily showtimes: 3:15, 5:40, 8:05

The story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined — until he meets the kindly Brown family. Directed by Paul King; also starring Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor/95m. 

Into the Woods

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55; Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50, 8:40

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. Directed by Rob Marshall. Also starring James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp. Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material/125m.