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Movie listings: Dec. 31- Jan. 7

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 31- Jan. 7

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

Joy                       

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

The wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Directed by David O. Russell; Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Rohm, Bradley Cooper      Rated PG-13 for brief strong language/124m.  

The Big Short

Fri.-Sun. early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:45, 8:45

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis ("The Blind Side," "Moneyball"), and directed by Adam Mckay ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers") Starring Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt, Rafe Spall, Tracy Letts, John Magaro, Jeremy Strong, Byron Mann, Finn Wittrock, Hamish Linklater. Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity/130m.     

The Danish Girl

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:20, 9:10

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as        a transgender pioneer. Directed by Tom Hooper; Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts. Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity/120m. 

Sisters

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:05, 9:00

Two disconnected sisters are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.  Directed by Jason Moore; Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, James Brolin. Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use/118m. 

Brooklyn

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 4:05, 6:45, 9:20

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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Jan. 1-7

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes Dec. 31. 

The Hateful Eight

NEW

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 4:15, 8:00   

Set six or eight or 12 years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces: Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate Gen. Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all ... . Directed by Quentin Tarantino; Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, Channing Tatum. Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity/167.      

Concussion

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:15, 6:00, 8:55

A dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant. Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Directed by Peter Landesman; Starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse, Albert Brooks. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language/123m.

Daddy's Home

Fri.-Sun.early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 3:55, 6:20, 8:45

A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Directed by Sean Anders; Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language/96m.

Point Break

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 4:05, 6:45, 9:25

A young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes — led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling. Directed by Ericson Core; Also starring Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone. Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material/114m.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fri.-Sun. early shows: 12:00, 1:55 (3-D) Daily showtimes: 3:00, 4:55 (3-D), 6:00, 8:10 (3-D); 9:15

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. Directed by J.J. Abrams; Starring Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence/136m.