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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective Sept. 2-9

The American

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:20

Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:30 9:05

Jack is a master assassin. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows his next assignment will be his last. He reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of a local priest and pursues romance with a local woman. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli. Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity/105m/S/Focus.

The Girl Who Played with Fire

Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:40

Daily showtimes: 5:40 8:40

In Swedish, Italian and French

A magazine publisher has made his living exposing corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. When a young journalist approaches him with a thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden, and those in high office who abuse underage girls, he throws himself into the investigation. The second film based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"). Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson. Rated R for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language/129m/F/Music Box Films.

The Switch

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:30

Daily showtimes: 6:20

See review, Page 9

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Jeff Goldblum. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language/101m/S/Miramax.

I Am Love (Io sono l'more)

Daily showtimes: 3:45 8:50

In Italian, English and Russian with English subtitles

Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch of the wealthy Recchi family, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive industrial company, and surprises everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi, and grandson, Edo. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Pippo Delbono, Edoardo Gabbriellini. Rated R for sexuality and nudity/120m/F/Magnolia.

Eat Pray Love

Sat.-Mon. early show: 2:00

Daily showtimes: 5:10 8:20

Liz Gilbert, newly divorced, steps out of her comfort zone, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Directed by Ryan Murphy. Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup, Richard Jenkins. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity/140m/F/Sony.


Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:40

Daily showtimes: 4:50 8:00

Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard. PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout/148m/S/WB.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective Sept. 3-9

Going the Distance

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:30

Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:30 9:00

When aspiring journalist Erin moves to San Francisco to finish her last year of school, boyfriend Garrett, an assistant music scout, stays in Manhattan to pursue his ambitions and wait on that promotion he's been promised. With a webcam connection and frequent-flier miles, the two gamely navigate the pitfalls of their bi-coastal romance, dodging bad advice from friends and some predatory singles who won't take "taken" for an answer. But when it seems their wait is almost over, Erin scores her dream job in California just as Garrett's career heats up in New York. Directed by Nanette Burstein. Starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston, Christina Applegate. Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity/103m/S/WB.

The Last Exorcism

Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:45

Daily showtimes: 4:55 7:10 9:20

Reverend Marcus expects to perform another "exorcism" on a religious fanatic. A man has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood-drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Directed by Daniel Stamm. Starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell. Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material/87m/F/Lionsgate.


Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:50

Daily showtimes: 4:20 6:50 9:20

Machete is based on the "faux" trailer in Robert Rodriguez's 2007 Grindhouse, featuring Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey reprising their original roles. The feature version of the trailer finds Machete, a renegade former Mexican federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez. Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz to assassinate McLaughlin, a corrupt senator. Double-crossed and on the run, Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz, a saucy taco slinger, Padre his "holy" brother and April, a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis. Starring Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal. Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity/105m/F/Fox.

Nanny McPhee Returns

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10

Daily showtimes: 3:35 6:05 8:30

See review, Page 9

Starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans. Rated PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements/109m/S/Universal.

The Kids Are All Right

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:20

Daily showtimes:

3:50 6:20 8:50

Two teenaged children conceived by artificial insemination get the notion to seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko; Starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening. Rated R/106m/F/Focus.

The Other Guys

Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:40Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40 9:10

Set in New York City, Detective Allen Gamble is a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets. This is a Will Ferrell comedy. Directed by Adam McKay. Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material/108m/S/Sony.