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Listings for Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

Jan. 9-15


Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:05; Daily showtimes: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (Drama) — BEST MOTION PICTURE, BEST ACTOR (David Oyelowo), BEST DIRECTOR (Ava DuVernay), BEST ORIGINAL SONG. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Also starring Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language/128m.

Inherent Vice

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:45; Daily showtimes: 5:05, 8:25

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) — BEST ACTOR (Joaquin Phoenix). The seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin ... well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic '60s, and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused — except this one usually leads to trouble. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Also starring Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short. Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence/148m.

Imitation Game

Fri-Sun. early show: 12:35; Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:05, 8:50

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of "gross indecency," an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Also starring Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking/114m.


Fri-Sun. early show: 12:55; Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:25, 9:10

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (DRAMA) — BEST ACTRESS (Reese Witherspoon). Cheryl Strayed hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. "Wild" powerfully captures the" "terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. Filmed primarily in Oregon, including scenes in Ashland. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée; Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language/115m

The Theory of Everything

Fri-Sun. early show: Noon; Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:40, 8:35

The extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Directed by James Marsh; Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material/123m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Jan. 9-15

Taken 3

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10; Daily showtimes: 3:50, 6:30, 9:10

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his particular set of skills, to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now — his daughter. Directed by Olivier Megaton; Also starring Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Sam Spruell. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for brief strong language/109m.


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

An epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a  raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II — only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock. Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language/137m. 

Into the Woods

Sat.-Sun. early show: Noon; Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:50, 8:45

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) — BEST MOTION PICTURE, BEST ACTRESS (Emily Blunt), BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Meryl Streep). A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Directed by Rob Marshall; Also starring James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie. Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material/125m.


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20; Daily showtime: 4:10

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE (COMEDY/MUSICAL) — BEST ACTRESS (Quvenzhane Wallis). Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise  that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Directed by Will Gluck. Also starring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Cameron Diaz. Rated PG for some mild language and rude humor/118m.

Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30 (2D); Daily showtimes: 4:55 (3D), 8:10 (2D)

The epic conclusion of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images/144m

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language/98m

Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Daily showtimes: 6:55, 9:20 (No 6:55 showing on Jan. 15)

Forty years after the first haunting of Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from London during World War II arrives and awakens the house's darkest inhabitant. Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox. Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and frightening images/98