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Varsity Theatre reopens for weekend movies

Editor’s note: The Cinemark Tinseltown Theatres in Medford have not announced a reopening date.

Varsity Theatre, Ashland

Aug. 21-23 only

Tickets are $5 for movie “classics,” regular price for new releases. Social distancing measures are in place. For more information, see catheatres.com or call 541-482-3321.

Unhinged

NEW

Rated R for strong, violent content and language throughout; 1hr, 31min

Fri-Sun showtimes: (showing on multiple screens) 1:00, 1:20, 1:30, 3:40, 4:00, 4:10, 6:20, 6:40, 6:50

Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe stars in a psychological thriller that takes something we’ve all experienced — road rage — to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. Rachel is running late getting to work when she crosses paths with a stranger at a traffic light. Soon, Rachel finds herself and everyone she loves the target of a man who feels invisible and is looking to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know who you’re driving next to. Directed by Derrick Borte. Also starring Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson.

Words on Bathroom Walls

NEW

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving mental illness, some sexual references, strong language and smoking; 1hr, 51min

Fri-Sun showtimes: 1:40, 4:40

The film tells the story of witty and introspective Adam (Charlie Plummer), who appears to be your typical young adult — a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year following an incident in chemistry class, Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness. Sent to a Catholic academy to finish out his term, Adam has little hope of fitting in and just wants to keep his illness secret until he can enroll in culinary school. But when he meets outspoken and fiercely intelligent Maya (Taylor Russell), there is an instant soulful and comforting connection. As their romance deepens, she inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Now, with the love and support of his girlfriend and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. Also starring Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick.

Trolls: World Tour

NEW

Rated PG for some mild, rude humor; 1hr, 40min

Fri-Sun showtimes: 1:10, 5:20

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all. Directed by Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith.

Inception

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout; 2hr, 28min

Fri-Sun showtimes: 2:55, 8:15

Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight”) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn’t steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can’t get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he’s forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won’t be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they’re up to, and precisely how to stop them. Also starring Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy.

{ }Russell Crowe in a scene from "Unhinged."