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At the Movies: March 23-29

Varsity Theatre

March 23-29

Note: See www.catheatres.com for days not listed, and ticket prices



Sat-Sun early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:15, 6:45, 9:10

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or is it a product of her delusion? Directed by Steven Soderbergh; Starring Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharaoh, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Erin Wilhelmi, Colin Woodell. Rated R for disturbing behavior, violence, language, and sex references/97m.

Love, Simon


Sat-Sun early show: 1:05 Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:20, 9:05

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti; Starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual references, language and teen partying/109m.

Royal Opera: Tosca


10 a.m. March 25; 1 p.m. March 26

The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca. Directed by Jonathan Kent; Starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja, Gerald Finley/197m,

7 Days in Entebbe

Daily showtimes: 3:00, 8:30 (No 3:00 showing March 26)

An Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages. Directed by José Padilha; Starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, Denis Ménochet, Nonso Anozie. Rated PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language/106m.’

A Fantastic Woman

Oscar winner Best Foreign Language Film

Sat-Sun early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 5:45 (No 5:45 showing on March 26)

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. In the wake of her companion’s untimely death, Marina will soon realise that, from now on, everything is brought into question: her involvement in Orlando’s death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved deceased. Directed by Sebastián Lelio; Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera, Nestor Cantillan. Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault/104m.


Daily showtime: 3:05, 8:45

A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. Directed by Alex Garland; Starring Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong. Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/115m. Note: No 3:00 showing March 12.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oscar winner Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Lead Role

Sat-Sun early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 5:55 (No 12:20 showing March 25)

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. Directed by Martin McDonagh; Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges. Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references/115m. Note: No 1:00 showing Sunday.

The Shape of Water

Oscar winner Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Original Score

Sat-Sun early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes “The Shape of Water” — an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. Directed by Guillermo del Toro; Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Lauren Lee Smith. Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language/123m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

March 23-28

Note: Ashland Street Cinemas showtimes are through March 28. See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices.

Sherlock Gnomes


Sat-Sun early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 3:45, 6:05, (3-D) 8:20

When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing there’s only one gnome to call “Sherlock Gnomes.” The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. Starring James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Mary J. Blige. Rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor/86m.

Pacific Rim: Uprising


Sat-Sun early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 6:00, (3-D) 3:20, 8:45

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight; Starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Adria Arjona. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language/111m.

Tomb Raider

Sat-Sun early shows: 11:45 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:35, 8:25

Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination. Directed by Roar Uthaug; Starring Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Dominic West, Nick Frost, Daniel Wu, Alexandre Willaume. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language/118m.

A Wrinkle in Time

Sat-Sun early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 5:50, 8:35

Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings — Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which — to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil. Directed by Ava DuVernay; Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Ra. Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril/111m.

Red Sparrow

Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:40 (No 6:40 showing March 28)

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well. Directed by Francis Lawrence; Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling. Rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity/139m.

Game Night

Sat-Sun early show: 1:05 Daily showtime: 9:45

Weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game — right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game — nor Brooks — are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads. Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein; Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen. Rated R for language, sexual references and some violence/100m.

Black Panther

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

After the events of “Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Directed by Ryan Coogler; Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett. Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture/134m.