Editor's note: The Ashland Independent Film Festival will show on all screens at the Varsity Theatre from April 6-10. There also will be festival screenings at Ashland Street Cinemas and the Historic Ashland Armory. Find information and tickets online at Ashlandfilm.org.
See www.catheatres.com for additional non-festival days not listed, and ticket prices
The Last Word
Tuesday-Thursday daily showtimes: 3:10, 5:45, 8:20
Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once-successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond that alters not only Harriet's legacy, but also Anne's future. Directed by Mark Pellington; Also starring Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Gedde Watanabe. Rated R for language/107m.
The Sense of an Ending
Tuesday-Thursday daily showtimes: 3:25, 6:05, 8:40
Tony Webster leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Directed by Ritesh Batra; Starring Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Billy Howle, Joe Alwyn, Freya Mavor, Charlotte Rampling. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality and brief strong language/108m.
A United Kingdom
Tuesday-Thursday daily showtimes: 4:05, 6:40, 9:15
In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Directed by Amma Assante, Steven Hall; Starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto. Rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality/111m.
Tuesday-Thursday daily showtimes: 4:50, 6:55, 9:00
A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat. Directed by Ceyda Torun; Starring Bülent Üstün. Not Rated/80m.
I Am Not Your Negro
Tuesday-Thursday daily showtimes: 3:55, 6:25, 8:50
One Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Film
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Directed by Raoul Peck; Starring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett, Shumerria Harris. Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity/93m.
Ashland Street Cinemas
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Going in Style
Friday-Sunday early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:10, 6:35, 9:00
Three seniors, who are living social security check to check and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank. The problem is, they don't even know how to handle a gun. A social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances. Directed by Zach Braff; Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, John Ortiz, Joey King, Christopher Lloyd. Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material/96m.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Firday-Sunday early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 3:40, 6:00; (3-D) 8:15
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! Directed by Kelly Asbury; Starring Mandy Patinkin, Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi. Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor/89m.
Ghost in the Shell
Friday-Sunday early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 2:55, 6:45, 9:15 (No 6:45 showing April 13)
Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi property, the movie follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind, human-cyborg hybrid who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology. Directed by Rupert Sanders; Starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Christopher Obi, Josep Naufahu, Pilou Asbæk, Philippe Joly, Michael Wincott. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images/106m.
The Boss Baby
Friday-Sunday early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes (April 7-9 only): 3:05, 5:30, 8:00
DreamWorks Animation and the director of "Madagascar" invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit and speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin. "The Boss Baby" is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. Directed by Tom McGrath; Starring Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Miles Christopher Bakshi, ViviAnn Yee. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/97m.
Daily showtimes (April 10-13 only): 3:20, 6:10, 8:55
High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. Directed by Dean Israelite; Starring Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Becky G., Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Fiona Vroom. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor/124m.
Beauty and the Beast
Friday-Sunday early show: 11:45 Daily showtimes: 2:45, 5:45, 8:45
The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Directed by Bill Condon; Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images/129m.