Movie listings: Feb. 10-17

Varsity Theatre

Feb. 10-17

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Oscar-nominated documentary shorts

NEW

Friday, Feb. 10: 2:45, 6:30

Feb. 11-17: Early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 4:25, 8:00

Extremis — director Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes; 4.1 Miles — director Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes; Joe's Violin — director Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes; Watani: My Homeland — director Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 39 minutes; The White Helmets — director Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 41 minutes. Not  rated/164m.

The Comedian

Daily showtimes: 3:35, 9:15

An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Starring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone. Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout/120m.

Hidden Figures

Three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtime: 3:15, 6:10, 9:05

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Directed by Theodore Melfi; Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali. Rated PG for thematic elements and some language/127m.

La La Land

Fourteen Oscar nominations, including Best Actress

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:55, 8:50 

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.

Lion

Six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 6:05

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

Six Oscar nominations, including Best Actor

Sat.-Sun. early  show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 6:20

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.

Moonlight

Six Oscar nominations, including Best Cinematography

Daily showtimes: 3:25, 9:00

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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Feb. 10-17

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The Lego Batman Movie

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: (3-D) 12:20, 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:50, 6:25, (3-D) 8:50

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Directed by Chris McKay; Starring Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams. Rated PG for rude humor and some action/104m.

Fifty Shades Darker

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:10 Daily showtime: 3:20, 6:05, 9:00

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Directed by James Foley; Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford. Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language/115m.

John Wick: Chapter 2

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:40 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:20, 9:10

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre." Directed by Chad Stahelski; Starring Keanu Reeves, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, Thomas Sadoski, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Common, Margaret Daly. Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity/122m.

The Space Between Us

Daily showtime: 5:45

In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet — never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot, an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. But after his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Gardner joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. Directed by Peter Chelsom; Starring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Colin Egglesfield, Janet Montgomery. Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language/120m.

Rings

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55 Daily showtimes: 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 (No 7:00 showing Feb. 16)

Julia becomes worried about her boyfriend, Holt, when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before. Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez ; Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe. Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material/102m.

A Dog's Purpose

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:55, 8:40

The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love, the movie is told from the dog’s perspective. Based on the 2010 book by W. Bruce Cameron of the same name. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom; Starring Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Josh Gad, Britt Robertson, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, Pooch Hall, Logan Miller, Juliet Rylance. Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril/120m.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Daily showtimes: 2:50, 8:30

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.

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