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Movie listings: Dec. 8-13

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 8-14

Note: See www.catheatres.com for days not listed, and ticket prices

Novitiate

NEW

Daily showtimes: 3:40, 9:00

Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns' lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in life of the Church. Directed by Margaret Betts; Starring Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Denis O'Hare, Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato. Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity/123m.

ThelmaIn Norwegian with English subtitles

NEW

Sat-Sun early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:05, 8:50

Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma's powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja - feelings she doesn't dare acknowledge, even to herself — while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers. Directed by Joachim Trier; Starring Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ludvig Algeback, Isabel Christine Andreasen. For mature audiences/116m.

Loving Vincent

RETURNING

Sat-Sun early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 5:35, 8:00

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent Van Gough to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Directed by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman; Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd, Saoirse Ronan. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking/94m.

Lady Bird

Sat-Sun early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:25, 6:55, 9:20

Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut, finding both humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after the father loses his job, and her teenage daughter. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, "Lady Bird" is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Directed by Greta Gerwig; Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith. Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying/93m.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sat-Sun early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:20, 9:10

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Directed by Martin McDonagh; Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges. Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references/115m/F/Fox Searchlight

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Sat-Sun early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 6:30

The magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. Directed by Bharat Nalluri; Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathon Pryce, Simon Callow. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language/104m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 8-13

Note: Listings go through Dec. 13. See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices

Just Getting Started

NEW

Sat-Sun early show: 12:10, 2:30 Daily showtimes: 4:50, 7:10, 9:25

Duke is the freewheeling manager of a luxury Palm Springs retirement resort known as Villa Capri. It's Christmas in the desert, and living is easy for Duke — days spent golfing, playing poker, and entertaining his pick of the lovely single ladies. Duke's the big man on campus, until charming former military man Leo arrives and threatens to become the new alpha male. When regional director Suzie shows up to look into some improper finances, both men turn on the charm. What starts as a friendly rivalry turns serious when men from Duke's past kidnap Suzie. Directed by Ron Shelton; Starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Glenne Headly, Joe Pantoliano, Jane Seymour, George Wallace. Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence/91m.

Murder on the Orient Express

Sat-Sun early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:15, 8:55

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Directed by Kenneth Branagh; Starring Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi. Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements/114m.

Coco

Sat-Sun early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:00, (3-D) 8:15

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina; Starring Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach. Rated PG for thematic elements/128m includes short "Olaf's Frozen Adventure".

Wonder

Sat-Sun early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 2:40, 5:30, 8:30

Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Directed by Stephen Chbosky; Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Ali Liebert, Crystal Lowe, Sonia Braga Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language/113m.

Justice League

Sat-Sun early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:35, 6:25, 9:15

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Directed by Zack Snyder; Starring Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christina Wren, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action/119m.

Thor: Ragnarok

Sat-Sun early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:10, 9:05

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. Directed by Taika Waititi; Starring Chris Hemsworth, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material/130m.