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Movie listings: Dec. 11-17

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 11-17

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

Macbeth

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:40

Daily showtimes: 3:25, 6:20, 9:10

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a re-imagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn Scotland. Directed by Justin Kurzel; Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard. Rated R for strong violence and brief sexuality/113m.

Room 

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:15

Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:35, 8:20 (No 5:35 showing Dec. 17)

The film tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical — they are trapped — confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named "Room." Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within "Room," and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and  fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. Directed by Leonard Abrahamson. Also starring Joan Allen, William H. Macy. Rated R for language/118m.

Trumbo                       

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:05

Daily showtimes: 3:05, 6:00, 9:00

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs." "Trumbo" (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Also, starring Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg. Rated R for language including some sexual references/124m.

Brooklyn

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:55

Daily showtimes: 3:35, 6:15, 8:50 

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Directed by John Crowley. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Julie Waters, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Bett Rickards. Rated PG-13 (for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language)/111m.

Spotlight

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 11:50

Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:45, 8:45 (No 8:45 showing Dec. 17)

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Directed by Tom McCarthy; Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup. Rated R for some language including sexual references/128m

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 11-17

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In the Heart of the Sea

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:30

Daily showtimes: 3:30 (3-D), 6:20, 9:10

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville's "Moby-Dick." But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of  their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. Directed by Ron Howard; starring Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Chris Hemsworth, Jordi Molla, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material/122m.

Krampus 

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 1:55

Daily showtimes: 4:20, 6:50, 9:20

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen, Krista Stadler. Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material/98m.   

The Good Dinosaur

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 11:45, 12:40

Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:00, 8:30

What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of." Directed by Peter Sohn. Starring Raymond Ochoa, Jeffery Wright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements/100m (includes Sanjay's Super Team short).

Creed

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 11:50

Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:55, 8:55

Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Bellew. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality/133m.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 11:55

Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:40, 8:45

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival, they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends Katniss goes off mission, using the unit from District 13 to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow increasingly obsessed with destroying her, the mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Also starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material/136m.

Spectre

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 2:10

Daily showtimes: 5:25, 8:40

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE. Starring Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language/148m.