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Movie listings: May 12-18

Varsity Theatre

May 12-18

See www.catheatres.com for additional non-festival days not listed, and ticket prices

A Quiet Passion


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

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson's deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry. Directed by Terence Davies; Starring Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Emma Bell, Jodhi May, Catherine Bailey, Rose Williams. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material/125m.

Their Finest

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Directed by Lone Scherfig; Starring Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling. Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality/117m.

The Dinner

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:25, 9:10

When Stan Lohman, a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul and his wife Claire to join him and his wife Katelyn for dinner at one of the town's most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons' identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love. Directed by Oren Moverman; Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloë Sevigny, Charlie Plummer, Adepero Oduye. Rated R for disturbing violent content, and language throughout/120m.

The Circle

Daily showtimes: 4:00, 9:20

As she rises through the ranks of the world's largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching. Directed by James Ponsoldt; Starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Ellar Coltrane. Rated PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use/110m.

The Lost City of Z

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 5:15, 8:30

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. Directed by James Gray; Starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen, Edward Ashley, Ian McDiarmid. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity/141m.

The Zookeeper's Wife

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtime: 6:35

In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned — and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance — and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. Directed by Niki Caro; Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Iddo Goldberg, Michael McElhatton, Shira Haas, Efrat Dor, Timothy Radford. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking/126m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

May 12-18

Editor's note: See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices



Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05, 2:25 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:05, 9:25

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into. Directed by Jonathan Levine; Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, Randall Park, Colin Quinn. Rated R for crude sexual content, brief nudity, and language throughout/91m.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword


Sat.-Sun. early show: (2-D) 12:40 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 3:30, (2-D) 6:25, (2-D) 9:15

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king. Directed by Guy Ritchie; Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Annabelle Wallis. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language/126m.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sat.-Sun. early shows: (2-D) 11:45, (3-D) 1:20 Daily showtimes: (2-D) 2:50, (3-D) 4:25, (2-D) 6:00, (3-D) 7:30, (2-D) 9:05

Set to the backdrop of "Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. Directed by James Gunn; Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content/137m.


Daily showtimes: 6:20, 8:50 (No 6:20 showing on May 16, May 18)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy — his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) — in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Directed by Marc Webb; also starring Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, Michael Kendall Kaplan, John M. Jackson. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material/101m.

Beauty and the Beast

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:40, 8:35

The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and indep3ndent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Directed by Bill Condon; Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images/129m.

Born in China

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:45, 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:05

Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs. Documentary. Rated G; 79m.