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Movie listings: Aug. 27-Sept. 4

Varsity Theatre

Aug. 29-Sept. 4


Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:10 2:30 Daily showtimes: 4:50 7:10 9:30

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral — and  often- comic problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Also starring Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh. Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use/100m.

If I Stay

Fri.-Mon. early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:05 6:40 9:10

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Directed by R.J. Cutler; Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, Stacy Keach. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material/107m.

Magic in the Moonlight

Fri.-Mon. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:30 9:00

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.


Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 4:25 8:00

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 Journey

Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:05 5:55 8:45

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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Aug. 28-Sept. 4

The November Man

Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 12:30 (8/28 only); 6:00 8:45

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Starring Perce Bosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko. Rated R for for strong violence, including sexual assault, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use/108m.

When the Game Stands Tall

Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 12:45 (8/28 only); 3:30 6:25 9:10

Inspired by a true story, the film tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle  High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Directed by Thomas Carter. Starring Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig. Rated PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking/115m.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 3-D

Fri.-Mon. early show: 1:35 Daily 3-D showtimes: 1:35 (8/28 only); 6:45

Daily 2-D showtimes: 4:10 9:20

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually  stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. Directed by Frank Miller. Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert. Rated R for sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue/103m.

The Giver

Fri.-Mon. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 1:15 (8/28 only); 3:40 6:05 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

(8/28 only) Daily showtimes: 12:20 3:20 6:15 9:05

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.

Chef (re-release)

(8/29-9/4) Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:20 6:15 9:00

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 Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. Rated R for language, including some suggestive references/115m. 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Fri.-Mon. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 12:10 (8/28 only); 3:00 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.