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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

Dec. 14-18

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 4:40 8:20

Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with goblins and orcs, deadly wargs and giant apiders, ahapeshifters and aorcerers. Although their goal lies to the east and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood. Rated Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images/170m.


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

A love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie "Psycho." Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette. Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material/98m.

Anna Karenina

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

Set in late 19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen.Rated R for some sexuality and violence/130m.


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:50 Daily showtimes: 5:10 8:30

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language/149m.


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:20 Daily showtimes: 5:30 8:40

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in "Skyfall," the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In "Skyfall," Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Albert Finney. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking/143m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

Dec. 8-14

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 4:15 8:00

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A Late Quartet

Times: Daily showtimes: 3:40 9:10

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. Suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert — quite possibly their last — only the quartet members' intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Directed by Yaron Zilberman. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Northam, Christopher Walken, Imogen Poots, Liraz Charhi. Rated R for language and some sexuality/105m/S/Entertainment One

Playing for Keeps

Times: Daily showtimes: 9:00

A romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy's soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an "adult" are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive "soccer moms" who pursue him at every turn. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rated Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image/106m.

Rise of the Guardians

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 Daily showtimes: 4:25 6:45

The epic story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost who battle the evil Pitch as he tries to take over the world. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action/97m.

Life of Pi in 3D

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:10 (3D) 6:00 (2D) 8:50 (3D)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger. Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irffan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril/127m.


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 6:20

A CIA "exfiltration" specialist comes up with a plan to get American hostages out of Iran during the 1979 crisis. Based on a true story. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin. Rated R for language and some violent images/120m.