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Movie listings: March 20-26

Varsity Theatre

March 20-26

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:05Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:55, 8:50

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny, and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy — posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia. Directed by John Madden. Starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Dev Patel. Rated PG for some language and suggestive comments/124m. 

What We Do in the Shadows

Fri.-Sun. early shows: 12:20, 2:35Daily showtimes: 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else — except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. Directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement; Starring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jackie van Beek, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzales-Macuer, Stu Rutherford. Not Rated/86m.

Timbuktu

NEWFri-Sun. early shows: 1:10Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:15, 8:40

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terrorimposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; Starring Pino Desperado, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki. Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements/97m.

Mr. Turner

Fri.-Sun. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 5:45

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Cinematography, costume design, Music (original score) and production design —  This film explores the last quarter-century of the great-if-eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Directed by Mike Leigh. Starring Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Martin Savage. Rated R for some sexual content/150m.

Still Alice

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 6:35

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best actress (Julianne Moore) — Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference/101m.

Whiplash

Daily showtimes: 3:10, 9:10

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best supporting actor (J.K. Simmons), film editing, sound mixing — Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble  at a music school, and he discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons. Rated R for strong language including some sexual references/107m.

GETT: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem

Daily showtimes: 3:55, 9:00

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha, continually refuses. Directed by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz; Starring Simon Abkarian, Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Sasson Gabay. Not Rated/115m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

March 20-26

Cinderella

Sat.-Thurs. early show: 12:10Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:50, 8:40

A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince. Directed by Kenneth Branagh; Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden. Rated PG for mild thematic elements/113m (includes 8m "Frozen Fever" short)

Chappie

Sat.-Thurs. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:00 (except 3/26)

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel. Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity/120m.

Divergent Series: Insurgent

NEWSat.-Thurs. early show: 12:00 (2D)Daily showtimes: 2:50 (3D), 5:40 (2D), 8:30 (3D)

The stakes have raised for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. Directed by Robert Schwentke; Starring Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney. Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language/119m

The Gunman

NEWSat.-Thurs early show: 1:10Daily showtimes: 3:55, 6:40, 9:30

An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's "The Prone Gunman." Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. Directed by Pierre Morel; Starring Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Mark Rylance. Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/115m.

Run All Night

Sat.-Thurs. early shows: 12:50Daily showtimes: 3:55, 6:20, 9:10

When retired hitman Jimmy's son Mike, estranged from Jimmy because Mike hated his business, becomes a target after accidentally witnessing a mob murder, Jimmy has to pick up his guns again to go against the Irish Philadelphia mob run by his longtime friend Shawn. Directed by Jaume Collett-Sera; Starring Liam Neeson, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Joel Kinnaman. Rated R for strong violence, language including sexual references, and some drug use/114m

McFarland, USA

Sat.-Thurs. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50, 8:45

The true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. Directed by Niki Caro. Starring Maria Bello, Kevin Costner, Martha Higareda, Chris Ellis, Carlos Pratts, Morgan Saylor, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran. Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language/129m.