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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective March 4-10

The Adjustment Bureau

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:05

Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:00 8:30

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful Elise Sellas, a ballet dancer. Just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself — the men of the Adjustment Bureau — who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. Directed by George Nolfi. Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image/99m/F/Universal


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:50

Daily showtimes: 5:05 8:20

Academy Award nominee Best Foreign Language Film (Mexico), Best Actor

In Spanish with English subtitles

See review, Page 9

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Starring Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernandez, Maricel Alvarez, Blanca Portillo, Ana Wagener. Rated R for for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use/148m/S/Roadside Attractions

Barney's Version

Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:45

Daily showtimes: 5:45 8:45

Golden Globe Winner Best Actor; Academy Award nominee Best Achievement in Makeup

The warm, wise and witty story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky, who meets the love of his life at his wedding — and she is not the bride. A candid confessional, told from Barney's point of view, the film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through the different acts of his unusual history. Directed by Richard J. Lewis. Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman. Rated R for language and some sexual content/134m/S/SPC

The King's Speech

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55

Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:20 9:05

Twelve Academy Award nominations; Winner Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay

Based on the true story of the Queen of England's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. Directed by Tom Hooper. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter. Rated R for some language/119m/F/Weinstein.

True Grit

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40

Daily showtimes: 6:45

Ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Writing, Actor, Supporting Actress

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross' father is shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, who she is determined to bring to justice. Hiring a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld. Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images/110m/S/Paramount.

Black Swan

Daily showtimes: 4:15 9:15

Five Academy Award nominations; Winner Best Actress

When a New York City ballet company's artistic director decides to replace its prima ballerina for the opening production of its new season, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily, impresses Leroy as well. "Swan Lake" requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis. Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use/109m/S/Fox Searchlight.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective March 4-10


Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55

Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:00 8:35

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits, and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp. Rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking/107m/S/Paramount

Take Me Home Tonight

Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10

Daily showtimes: 4:35 7:00 9:25

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But Matt's silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking, walks into the store. Directed by Michael Dowse. Starring Topher Grace, Anna Fari. Rated R for for language, sexual content and drug use/98m/S/Relativity Media.


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35

Daily showtimes: 4:00 6:20 8:45

Kyle Kingson has it all — looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity — and a wicked, cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her out. When Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion, she retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance, he learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is — a task he considers impossible. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Krause. Rated PG-13 for language including some crude comments, drug references and brief violence/95m/S/CBS Films.

Hall Pass

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45

Daily showtimes: 4:10 6:40 9:05

When two best friends begin to show signs of restlessness in their marriages, their wives grant them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they want, no questions asked. Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly. Starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Richard Jenkins, Christina Applegate. Rated R for for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use/108m/S/Warner Bros.


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10

Daily showtimes: 3:50 6:30 9:10

Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover his wife doesn't recognize him, and another man has assumed his identity. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Aidan Quinn, January Jones, Frank Langella. Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content/113m/S/Warner Bros.

Gnomeo and Juliet

(in 2D)

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20

Daily showtimes: 3:25 5:35 7:45

Two garden gnomes try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud. Rated G/84m/F/Disney.