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Movie listings: July 22-28

Varsity Theatre

July 22-28

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Daily showtimes: 1:10, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40   

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, the film reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. Also starring Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language/101m.

The Innocents


Daily showtimes: 12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:50

Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities. Directed by Anne Fontaine; also starring Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including sexual assault, and for some bloody images and brief suggestive content/115m.        

The Infiltrator

Daily showtimes: 12:15, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Based on a true story, U.S. Customs agent Robert "Bob" Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's blood-soaked drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1985 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Directed by Brad Furman. Also starring Diane Kruger, Elena Anaya, Olympia Dukakis, Juliet Aubrey, Amy Ryan Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual content and drug material/127m.

Our Kind of Traitor

Daily showtimes: 4:15, 9:15

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry and Gail, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. Directed by Susanna White; Starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis. Rated R for violence, language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use/107m.


Daily showtimes: 1:55, 4:20, 6:55, 9:05

Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's catastrophic race for mayor of New York City in 2013 is detailed in this behind-the-scenes documentary. Weiner is directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg and received its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Amit Bagga, Adam S. Barta. Rated R for language and some sexual material/96m.

Love & Friendship

Daily showtimes: 1:50, 6:50

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so, she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely. Directed by Whit Stillman; Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel. Rated PG for some thematic elements/94m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

July 22-26

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Star Trek Beyond


Daily showtimes: (2-D) 12:35, 6:00, 8:50; (3-D) 3:15

The highly-anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious" franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In "Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.Starring Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Joe Taslim. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence/120m.

    Ice Age: Collision Course


Daily showtimes: (2-D) 12:45, 3:30, 6:10; (3-D) 8:35

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. Directed by Mike Thurmeier; Starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Strahan, Neil deGrass Tyson. Rated PG for mild rude humor and some action/peril/95m.

Lights Out


Daily showtimes: 1:00, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20

From producer James Wan ("The Conjuring") comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out—and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out. Directed by David F. Sandberg; Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Maria Bello. Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content/81m.       


Daily showtimes: (2-D) 12:55, 6:25, 9:10; (3-D) 3:40

Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today  — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Paul Feig. Also starring Charles Dance and Michael Kenneth Williams. Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor/116m.        

The Secret Life of Pets

Daily showtimes: 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45; 9:00

For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own 9-to-5 routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, or auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks. The building’s top dog, Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a quick-witted terrier rescue who’s convinced he sits at the center of his owner’s universe, finds his pampered life rocked when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo find themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who’s building an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity … all before dinnertime. Directed by Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney; Also starring Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Albert Brooks. Rated PG for action and some rude humor/90m.


Daily showtimes: 12:15, 3:00

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor/120m.

The Legend of Tarzan

Daily showtimes: 5:50, 8:25

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Directed by David Yates. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue/110m.