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Movie listings: Sept. 4-10

Varsity Theatre

Sept. 4-10

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes

Meru

NEW

Daily showtimes: 2:10, 4:25, 6:40, 9:00

The gripping, first-person account of three mountain climbers who set out to conquer the most challenging peak in the world. Featuring interviews with the climbers and their loved ones and commentary by author Jon Krakauer, the movie continuously returns to the astonishing footage filmed by the climbers themselves during their white-knuckle journey. Directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Starring Jon Krakauer, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin. Rated R for language/87m.

A Walk in the Woods

NEW

Daily showtimes: 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends. Directed by Ken Kwapis. Starring Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Nick Nolte, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman. Rated R for language and some sexual references/104m

Mistress America

NEW

Daily showtimes: 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:10

Tracy (Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Gerwig) — a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town — she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Heather Lind, Michael Chernus. Rated R for language including some sexual references/84m

Best of Enemies

Daily showtimes: 4:10, 6:30

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born. Directed by Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville. Starring John Lithgow, Kelsey Grammer, Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett. Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language/87m.

Diary of a Teenage Girl

Daily showtimes: 1:40, 8:50

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig. Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens/102m.

Phoenix

Daily showtimes: 1:00, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20

Nelly, a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Directed by Christian Petzold. Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Imogen Kogge. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief suggestive material/98m. In German with English subtitles.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:15, 8:50

Set in the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, this film centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to set aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani. Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity/116m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Sept. 4-10

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes

The Transporter Refueled

NEW

Daily showtimes: 12:40, 3:05, 6:30, 8:55

Frank Martin is the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he's been played. Anna and her cohorts have kidnapped his father in order to coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and stop at nothing to rescue his father in this action-packed thrill ride across the French Riviera. Directed by Camille Delamarre. Starring Ray Stevenson, Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman, Tatiana Pajkovic. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, sexual material, some language, a drug reference and thematic elements/96m.

Shaun the Sheep

Daily showtimes: 1:30, 3:45

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Directed by Mark Burton, Richard Starzak. Starring Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili. Rated PG for rude humor/86m

Inside Out

Daily showtimes: 1:55, 4:30

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Directed by Pete Docter; Starring Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action/102m (including 7 min LAVA short)

No Escape

Daily showtimes: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Lake Bell. Rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language/103m.

American Ultra

Daily showtimes: 7:00, 9:20

Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. Also starring Topher Grace, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content/96m.

Straight Outta Compton

Daily showtimes: 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 8:55

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. Five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, giving an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Through the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood. Directed by F. Gary Gray. Starring Aldis Hodge, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchel, Neil Brown Jr., Paul Giamatti Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use/147m.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 

Daily showtimes: 6:00, 9:00

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity/132m.  

Ricki and the Flash

Daily showtimes: 12:30, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10

In a film loaded with music and live performance, Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Rick'’s long-suffering ex-husband. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Also starring Sebastian Stan, Audra McDonald. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language/101m.