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Varsity Theatre, Ashland Street Cinemas movie listings: Aug. 15-21

Varsity Theatre Aug. 15-21

Magic in the Moonlight

1:30 4:00 6:30 9:00 (Aug. 15 showings); 1:20 3:50 6:30 9:30 (Aug. 17 showings); 2:00 4:30 9:30 8:10 (Aug. 17 showings); 1:30 4:00 6:30 9:00 (Aug. 18-21 showings)    Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's film  is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the  word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick "Magic in the Moonlight" plays is the one that fools us all. Also starring Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen. Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout/100m.

       What If

2:10 4:40 7:10 9:30 (Aug. 15-showings) 1:50 7:10 9:40 (Aug. 16 showings); 6:30 9:00 (Aug. 17 showings); 2:10 4:40 7:05 9:30 (Aug. 18-21 showings)

The story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including  his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Directed by Michael Dowse. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references throughout, partial nudity and language/98m/F/CBS


Times: Daily showtimes: 12:00 3:25 (Aug. 15-16 showings); 8:45 (Aug. 16); 12:50 4:25 8:00 (Aug. 17-21 showings)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, Samantha, “Boyhood” charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use/165m.

The Hundred-Foot JourneyTimes: Daily showtimes: 12:10 3:10 6:00 8:50 (Aug. 15 showings); 12:20 3:05 5:55 9:00 (Aug. 16 showings); 12:20 3:05 5:55 8:45 (Aug. 17-21 showings)

Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa, settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant — the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory gets wind of it. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon. Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality/122m.

A Most Wanted Man

Times: Daily showtimes: 12:20 (Aug. 15) 3:45 (Aug. 18-21) 4:20 (Aug. 16) 5:20 (Aug. 17) 5:40 (Aug. 15) 9:15 (Aug. 18-21)

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian and brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity — oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré’s novel, this is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl. Rated R for language/122m.


Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 (Aug. 17) 1:05 (Aug. 18-21) 3:00 (Aug. 15) 6:40 (Aug. 18-21) (No showings Aug. 16)

Chef Carl Casper takes to the road in a food truck, going back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Rated R for language, including some suggestive references/115m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Aug. 15-21

Let's Be Cops

Daily showtimes: 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Directed by Luke Greenfield. Starring Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia. Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use/103m.

The Giver

Daily showtimes:1:25 3:35 6:25 8:30

A haunting story that centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined -—a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all — a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift. Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence/97m.              Expendables 3

Daily showtimes: 12:25 3:20 6:15 9:10

Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes  a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Directed by Patrick Hughes. Also starring Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes. Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language/126m.

Let's Be Cops 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become       neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.       Directed by Luke Greenfield; Starring Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia       Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use/103m.  

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3-D

Times: Daily showtimes: 1:05 (2-D) 3:55 (2-D) 6:00 (2-D) 8:50 (3-D)

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Starring Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville. Rated PG-13 for Sci-Fi action violence/101m.

Into the Storm

Times: Daily showtimes: 12:15 2:30 4:45 7:05 9:25 (No 7:05 showing Aug. 21)

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Directed by Steven Quale. Starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references/89m.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3D

Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 3:00 6:00 5:50 8:40

An action-packed, epic space adventure, that expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language/121m.