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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

Oct. 19-25


Times: Daily showtimes: 3:50 8:45

Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians, "Hellbound" is a provocative, feature-length documentary that looks at why we are so bound to the idea of hell and how our beliefs about hell affect the world we are creating today. Directed by Kevin Miller. Starring Frank Schaeffer, Brian McLaren, Mark Driscoll, William Paul Young. Not rated/85m.

Keep the Lights On

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:25 6:50 9:10

It's 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman first meets Paul Lucy, a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, "Keep the Lights On" takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times. Directed by Ira Sachs. Starring Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Syvane, Paprika Steen. Not rated/101m.


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:15 9:00

On Nov. 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist comes up with a plan to get them safely out of the country — a plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. Directed by Ben Affleck. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman. Rated R for language and some violent images/120m.

Seven Psychopaths

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 4:05 6:40 9:20

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A struggling screenwriter becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. Directed by Martin McDonagh. Starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits. Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use/110m.

Pitch Perfect

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 6:05

Beca is a girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique. but is somehow muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: an acoustic singing group. Directed by Jason Moore. Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references/112m.

The Master

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 5:25 8:30

Following World War II, a Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, the veteran finds himself questioning both the belief system and his mentor. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix. Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language/138m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

Oct. 19-25

Alex Cross

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 3:55 6:25 8:55

Homicide detective/psychologist Alex Cross (from the best-selling novels by James Patterson) meets his match in a serial killer. The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits. Directed by Rob Cohen. Starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno. Rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity/102m.

Paranormal Activity 4

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10 Daily showtimes: 4:30 6:50 9:15

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witnesses strange events in its neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. Starring Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Brady Allen, Alisha Boe. Rated R for language and some violence/terror/95m.

Frankenweenie in 3D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 (2D) Daily showtimes: 4:20 (3D) 6:35 (2D)

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog, Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life — with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring the voice talents of Winona Ryder, Martin Short. Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action/88m.

Here Comes the Boom

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:40 6:05 8:35

A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money to save the school's music program. Directed by Frank Coraci. Starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Joe Rogan. Rated PG for bouts of MMA (mixed martial arts) sports violence, some rude humor and language/105m.


Times: Daily showtimes: 8:45

In the future, time travel exists but is illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, it sends its target 30 years into the past, where a looper, a hired gun like Joe, waits to mop up. Life is good for Joe until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination. Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use/118m.