Movie listings: Nov. 17-21

    Varsity Theatre

    Nov. 17-21

    Note: See for days not listed, and ticket prices

    Brimstone & Glory


    Sat-Sun early show: 12:40, 2:35 Daily showtimes: 4:30, 6:25, 8:20

    The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technicaal virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teamsbuild larger-than- life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec's residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry's sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec,the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Directed by Viktor Jakovleski. Not Rated/67m.


    Daily showtimes: 3:55, 9:10

    Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry. Directed by Todd Haynes; Starring Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds, Tom Noonan, Jaden Michael, Cory Michael Smith. Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking/117m.


    Sat-Sun early show: 1:25 Daily showtimes: 6:40

    A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams. Directed by Kogonada; Starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin, Michelle Forbes, Parker Posey, Erin Allegretti, Shani Salyers Stiles. Not Rated/104m.

    Goodbye Christopher Robin

    Sat-Sun early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 5:25

    A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Directed by Simon Curtis; Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston, Alex Lawther, Geraldine Somerville, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language/107m.


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

    Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. This is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days - a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman, a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell, accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing, of sexual assault and attempted murder. Directed by Reginald Hudlin; Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sophia Bush, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language/118m.

    Loving Vincent

    Sat-Sun early show: 12:00, 2:25 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:05, 9:25

    In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent Van Gough to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Directed by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman; Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd, Saoirse Ronan. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking/94m.

    Victoria & Abdul

    Daily showtimes: 2:45, 8:00

    The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. Directed by Stephen Frears; Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language/111m.

    Ashland Street Cinemas

    Nov. 17-21

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    Sat-Sun early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 3:35, 5:35, 8:20

    Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Directed by Stephen Chbosky; Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Ali Liebert, Crystal Lowe, Sonia Braga Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language/113m.

    Justice League


    Sat-Sun early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 2:45, 6:25, 9:15

    Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Directed by Zack Snyder; Starring Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christina Wren, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action/119m.

    The Star


    Sat-Sun early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 3:45, 5:55, 8:05

    A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas. Directed by Timothy Reckart; Starring Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant Rated PG for some thematic elements/86m.

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sat-Sun early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

    What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Directed by Kenneth Branagh; Starring Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi. Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements/114m.

    Daddy's Home 2

    Sat-Sun early show: 11:55, 2:20 Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 (No 7:10 showing Nov. 21)

    Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. Directed by Sean Anders; Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, Scarlett Estevez, Alessandra Ambrosio. Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language/98m.

    Thor: Ragnarok

    Sat-Sun early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 3:10, 6:10, 9:05

    Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. Directed by Taika Waititi; Starring Chris Hemsworth, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material/130m.

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