Movie listings: Dec. 16-20

    Varsity Theatre

    Dec. 16-20

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    Manchester by the Sea


    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 11:50, 2:50, 5:55, 9:00

    An Uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian and struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distancing himself from his past. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan; Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, C.J. Wilson, Kara Hayward. Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content/137m.



    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

    After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans in acclaimed nature documentaries, Winged Migrations and Oceans, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to the lush green forests that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when, in a short period of time the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. 'Season," with its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long shared history that binds humankind with the natural world. Directed by Jacques Cluzaud , Jacques Perrin; Starring François Sarano, Philippe Descola, Jean-Marie Pelt, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, Gilles Boeuf, Yves Coppens. Rated PG for thematic elements and related images/95m.

    Miss Sloane

    Fri.-Tues. showtime: 8:40

    In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Directed by John Madden; Starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong (II), Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Lucy Owen. Rated R for language and some sexuality/132m.

    The Eagle Huntress

    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:05, 2:15, 4:30, 6:40, 8:50

    This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. Directed by Otto Bell; Starring Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rhys Nurgaiv, Kuksyegyen Almagul, Boshai Dalaikhan. Rated G/87m.

    Nocturnal Animals

    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:40, 6:05

    From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in "Nocturnal Animals." Directed by Tom Ford; Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen. Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language/115.


    Fri.-Tues. showtime: 3:25

    A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Directed by Barry Jenkins; Starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, André Holland, Duan Sanderson, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris. Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout/111m.


    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:20, 3:00, 5:40, 8:25

    When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.Directed by Denis Villeneuve; Also starring Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma, Nathaly Thibault. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language/116m.

    Ashland Street Cinemas

    Dec. 16-20

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: (2-D) 11:50, 2:55, 6:05, 9:10; (3-D) 1:00, 4:25, 7:50

    Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks. Directed by Gareth Edwards; Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Valene Kane. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action/133m.

    Collateral Beauty


    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:00, 12:25 (Saturday), 1:55 (Saturday), 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

    When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived. Directed by David Frankel; Starring Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Michael Peña. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language/97m.

    Office Christmas Party

    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 1:35 (No 1:35 showing on Saturday), 4:10, 6:45 (No 6:45 showing on Tuesday), 9:25

    When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. The latest comedy from directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck ("Blades of Glory"), it co-stars Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung, and Courtney B. Vance in the funniest movie of the holiday season. Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity/105m.


    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:05 2:50, 6:15, 8:35

    Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by John Musker, Ron Clements; also starring Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison. Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements/107m + 6m short. 

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fri.-Tues. showtimes: 12:15, 3:15, 5:35 (No 5:35 showing on Tuesday), 8:55

    The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Directed by David Yates; Starring Jon Voight, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Zoë Kravitz, Gemma Chan, Katherine Waterston. Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence/132m.


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