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Movie listings: Jan. 8-14

Varsity Theatre

Dec. Jan. 8-14

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

The Revenant

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 5:10, 8:35

Inspired by true events, "The Revenant" is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu; Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter. Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity/156m.

Carol

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00  

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, "Carol" follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first  encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Directed by Todd Haynes; Also starring Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Cory Michael Smiith. Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language/118m. 

The Big Short

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:55, 8:50

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

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:35, 6:25, 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. 

Brooklyn

Sat.-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.

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Jan. 8-14

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

The Forest

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:15, 7:00, 9:25    

Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara, journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden, Sara enters the forest having  been well-warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself. Directed by Jason Zada; Starring Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Yukiyoshi Ozawa. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and images/93m.

Joy                       

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 4:05, 5:40, 8:35

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 Hateful Eight

Sat.-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.      

Daddy's Home

Sat.-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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:00, 1:30 Daily showtimes: 3:05 (3-D), 4:40, 6:10, 7:45, 9:15 (3-D)

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.