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Movie listings: May 19-25

Varsity Theatre

May 19-25

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


Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:25 Daily showtimes: 3:15, 6:00, 8:50

Persistent wheeler-dealer Norman (Richard Gere) falls in with an Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi) on the rise. When the politician is elected prime minister, Norman rises in esteem with the New York Jewish community, even though his social connections might only be a sham. Directed by Joseph Cedar; Also starring Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria. Rated R for some language;118.

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 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: 12:50 Daily showtime: 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

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 19-24

Editor's note: Listings are through May 24. See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul


Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:10 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 5:50, 8:10

A family road trip to grandma's 90th birthday celebration takes a wrong turn when a boy (Jason Ian Drucker) hatches his latest scheme to become famous. Also starring Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone, Joshua Hoover, Chris Coppola, Mira Silverman, Carlos Guerrero, Dylan Walters. Rated PG for some rude humor/90m.

Alien: Covenant


Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with "Alien: Covenant," a new chapter in his groundbreaking franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby. Rated R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity/122m.

Everything, Everything


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

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won't let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything. Directed by Stella Meghie; Also starring Ana de la Reguera, Anika Noni Rose, Taylor Hickson, Peter Benson, Farryn VanHumbeck, Danube R. Hermosillo. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexuality/96m.


Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05, 2:25 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 (No 7:05 showing May 24)

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: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:05, 8:55

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 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 2:50, (2-D) 6:00, (2-D) 9:00

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.