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Movie listings: Jan 15-21

Varsity Theatre

Dec. Jan. 15-21

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

NEW

Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 5:30, 8:45

An adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff's book, officially described as follows: "13 Hours" presents, for the first time, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack. Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Pablo Schreiber, John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, David Denman, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa. Rated R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language/144m.

The Revenant

Sat.-Mon. 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

Sat.-Mon. 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.-Mon. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:05, 6:00, 8:55 (No 12:10 showing on Jan. 18)

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

Daily showtimes: 3:45, 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.-Mon. early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 6:35

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. 15-21

Ride Along 2

NEW

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:05, 6:35, 9:05

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta. Directed by Tim Story. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Sherri Shepherd. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material/102m.

Spotlight

RETURN

Sat.-Mon. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:55, 8:55

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.

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes. 

The Forest

Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:40, 7:05, 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.

The Hateful Eight

Sat.-Mon. 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.      

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 12:00, 1:25 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.