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Listings for Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas

Varsity Theatre

March 6-12

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

NEW Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:55, 8:50

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny, and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy — posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia. Evelyn and Douglas have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. Directed by John Madden. Starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Diana Hardcastle, David Strathairn, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup. Rated PG for some language and suggestive comments/124m. 

Mr. Turner

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

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Cinematography, costume design, Music (original score) and production design —  This film explores the last quarter-century of the great-if-eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Directed by Mike Leigh. Starring Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Martin Savage, Lesley Manville, Karl Johnson, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Sandy Foster. Rated R for some sexual content/150m.

Birdman

Daily showtimes: 3:20, 9:00

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best picture, cinematography, directing and writing (original screenplay) — A black comedy that tells the story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan. Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence/120m.

Still Alice

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best actress (Julianne Moore) — Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference/101m.

Whiplash

Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtime: 6:10

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best supporting actor (J.K. Simmons), film editing, sound mixing — Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble  at a music school, and he discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons. Rated R for strong language including some sexual references/107m.

Imitation Game

Daily showtimes: 3:30, 8:40

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Writing (adapted screenplay) — Alan Turing 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.

The Theory of Everything

Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 6:20

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best actor (Eddie Redmayne) —  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. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking. 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

March 6-12

Unfinished Business

NEW Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05, 2:45 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable — and unimaginable — way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Directed by Ken Scott. Also starring James Marsden, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, Dave Franco. Rated R for some strong risqué sexual content/graphic nudity, and for language and drug use/91m.

Chappie

NEW Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:05, 6:00, 9:00

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel. Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity/120m.

Focus

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:45, 6:20, 8:55

Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame — now an accomplished femme fatale — shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky's latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop ... and the consummate con man off his game. Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa. Also starring Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney. Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence/105m.

The Lazarus Effect

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 2:40 Daily showtimes: 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 (No 7:05 showing on March 12)

When a team of research students mapping the human brain accidentally kills one of their own, they unwittingly unlock a deadly force by reanimating their colleague. Fighting for their own lives, the team must contain their colleague in the lab before she is unleashed on the world. Directed by David Gelb; Starring Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references/83m.

McFarland, USA

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:45, 8:40

The true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community. Directed by Niki Caro. Starring Maria Bello, Kevin Costner, Martha Higareda, Chris Ellis, Carlos Pratts, Morgan Saylor, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran. Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language/129.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:15, 6:10, 9:10

This is the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into their ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton. Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content/128m.