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At the Movies: March 16-22

Varsity Theatre

March 16-22

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

7 Days in Entebbe


Sat-Sun early show: 1:35 Daily showtimes: 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

An Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages. Directed by José Padilha; Starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, Denis Ménochet, Nonso Anozie. Rated PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language/106m.


Daily showtimes: 3:50, 9:10

Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems for mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. As he attempts to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the question lingers: is this ordinary man in way over his head, or is he two steps ahead? Directed by Nash Edgerton; Starring Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vázquez, Thandie Newton, Sharlto Cople. Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references/115m.

A Fantastic Woman

Oscar winner Best Foreign Language Film

Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:20 (No 6:20 showing on March 21)

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. In the wake of her companion’s untimely death, Marina will soon realise that, from now on, everything is brought into question: her involvement in Orlando’s death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved deceased. Directed by Sebastián Lelio; Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera, Nestor Cantillan. Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault/104m.


Daily showtimes: 4:25, 9:20

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. Directed by Cory Finley; Starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff, Stephanie Atkinson. Rated R for disturbing behavior, bloody images, language, sexual references, and some drug content/90m.


Sat-Sun early show: 12:55 Daily showtime: 8:50

A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. Directed by Alex Garland; Starring Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong. Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/115m. Note: No 3:00 showing March 12.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oscar winner Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Lead Role

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

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. Note: No 1:00 showing Sunday.

The Post

Two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Lead Actress

Sat-Sun early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 6:40

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events. Directed by Steven Spielberg; Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk. Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence/115m.

The Shape of Water

Oscar winner Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Original Score

Sat-Sun early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes “the Shape of Water” — an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. Directed by Guillermo del Toro; Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Lauren Lee Smith. Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language/123m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

March 16-22

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Tomb Raider


Sat-Sun early shows: 11:55, 1:20 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:35, 6:35, 8:25

Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination. Directed by Roar Uthaug; Starring Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Dominic West, Nick Frost, Daniel Wu, Alexandre Willaume. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language/118m.

A Wrinkle in Time

Sat-Sun early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 5:50, (3-D) 8:35

Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings — Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which — to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil. Directed by Ava DuVernay; Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Ra. Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril/111m.

The Hurricane Heist

Daily showtimes: 4:05, 9:20

The rural town of New Hope, Ala., has a pair of super-sized problems heading its way: There’s a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf coastline, and there’s a team of 30 well-armed mercenaries intent on looting the local treasury facility. Directed by Rob Cohen; Starring Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Natacha Karam, Ralph Ineson, Ryan Kwanten, Melissa Bolona, Ben Cross, Jamie Andrew Cutler. Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, action, destruction, language and some suggestive material/103m.

Red Sparrow

Sat-Sun early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50 9:00

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well. Directed by Francis Lawrence; Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling. Rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity/139m.

Game Night

Sat-Sun early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 (No 7:00 showing March 22)

Weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game — right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game — nor Brooks — are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads. Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein; Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen. Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence/100m.

Black Panther

Sat-Sun early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 6:05, 9:10

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Directed by Ryan Coogler; Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett. Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture/134m.