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Movie listings: May 20-26

Varsity Theatre

May 20-26

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes.

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10

Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:10, 8:40

A documentary alleging that the CDC, the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Directed by Andrew Wakefield. This Film is Not Rated/91m.

The Meddler


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00

Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others — as well as her own — and find a new purpose in life. Directed by Lorene Scafaria; Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael McKean. Rated PG-13 for brief drug content/100m.           

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20

Daily showtimes: 3:50, 6:25, 9:00

In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, he forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. Directed by Matt Brown; also starring Malcolm Sinclair, Stephen Fry, Devika Bhise, Padraic Delaney, Toby Jones. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking/108m.

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30

Daily showtimes: 4:00, 6:35, 9:10

A true story about the relationship between Miami journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc (Giovanni Ribisi) and legendary writer Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks). Set during the Cuban revolution, the film was shot on location in Havana and inside Hemingway's estate, Finca Vigia. It is the first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since 1959. Directed by Bob Yari; also starring Adrian Sparks, Joely Richardson, Minka Kelly. Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and nudity/110m.


Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:10

Daily showtimes: 4:35, 7:00, 9:20

Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) clings to his way of life as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London's East End. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Directed by John Goldschmidt; also starring Ian Hart, Philip Davis, Pauline Collins, Malachi Kirby. This Film is Not Rated/94m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

May 20-26

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising


Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:10, 1:50

Daily showtimes: 4:50, 7:10, 9:30

Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Zac Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being. Directed by Nicholas Stoller; also starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow. Rated R for crude sexual content including brief graphic nudity, language throughout, drug use and teen partying/92m.                  

The Angry Birds Movie


Sat.-Sun. early shows: 11:45 (3-D), 2:00

Daily showtimes: 4:20, 6:40, 8:55 (3-D)

IWe'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated almost entirely by happy, flightless birds. In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Directed by Fergal Reilly, Clay Kaytis; with the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Ike Barinholtz, Tituss Burgess, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage. Rated PG for rude humor and action/97m.                 

The Nice Guys


Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45

Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

“The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. Directed by Shane Black; also starring Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger. Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use/116m/S/WB           

Money Monster

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:35

Daily showtimes: 3:05, 6:55 (except May 26), 9:20

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high-tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. Directed by Jodie Foster; also starring Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, Caitriona Balfe. Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence/98m.

Captain America: Civil War

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:35

Daily showtimes: 2:45, 6:00, 9:10

Captain America leads the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo; Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem/147m.

The Jungle Book

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45Daily showtimes: 4:25, 5:35 (except May 26), 8:10

An all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves, but finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba) promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. Directed by Jon Favreau; also with the voices of Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi. Rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril/106m.