Movie listings: Dec. 23-29

    Varsity Theatre

    Dec. 23-29

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    NOTE: There are no shows starting after 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24



    Daily showtimes: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10.

    A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). "Jackie" places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. Directed by Pablo Larraín; Also starring Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Max Casella, Beth Grant, Sara Verhagen, Julie Judd. Rated R for brief strong violence and some language/100m.

    La La Land


    Sun.-Thurs. showtimes: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

    Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Directed by Damien Chazelle; Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Finn Wittrock, J.K. Simmons, Hemky Madera, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton. Rated PG-13 for some language/128m.



    Sun.-Thurs. showtimes: 1:55, 5:10, 8:20

    An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Directed by Denzel Washington; Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Mykelti Williamson. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references/139m.



    Sun.-Thurs. showtimes: 11:50, 2:40, 5:30, 8:15

    Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Directed by Garth Davis; Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee. Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality/118m.

    Manchester by the Sea

    Fri.-Sat. showtimes: 11:50, 2:50, 5:55, 9:00. Sun.-Thurs. showtimes: 12:15, 5:40, 8:45

    A brooding, irritable loner returns home to care for his nephew after his brother dies, having been named guardian to the 16-year-old. As if losing his only sibling and having doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.  The film has been nominated for four Screen ActorsGuild Award nominations including best ensemble cast. Five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture/Director/Original ScreenplalyActor/Supporting Actress. 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.

    The Eagle Huntress

    Fri.-Sat. showtimes: 12:05, 2:15, 4:30, 6:40, 8:50. Sun.-Thurs. showtime: 3:25

    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.-Sun. 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.-Sun. 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.-Sun. 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. 23-29

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    NOTE: There are no shows starting after 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24

    Assassin's Creed


    Daily showtimes: (2-D) 1:00, 3:30, 6:30; (3-D) 9:10

    Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th-century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.Directed by Justin Kurzel; Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Brendan Gleeson. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language/115m.



    Daily showtimes: (2-D) 12:45, 6:15, 9:00; (3-D) 3:45

    On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all. Directed by Morten Tyldum; Starring Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Jamie Soricelli, Kimberly Battista. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some scary images, and sensuality/116m.

    Why Him?


    Daily showtimes: 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15

    Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned's panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Directed by John Hamburg; Also starring Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout/111m.



    Daily showtimes: (2-D) 12:10, 3:00, 5:50; (3-D) 8:30

    Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some might even say delusional-optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Directed by Garth Jennings; Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Offerman, Seth MacFarlane. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril/108m.

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Daily showtimes: (2-D) 11:50, 5:40, 8:45; (3-D) 2:45

    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

    Daily showtimes: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:25

    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.


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