Movie listings: Feb. 17-23

Varsity Theatre

Feb. 17-23

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Toni Erdmann


Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:10: Daily showtimes: 4:00, 8:10

One Oscar nomination for best foreign language film

In "Toni Erdmann," practical joker Winfried (Simonischek) disguises himself as flashy Toni Erdmann to get busy Ines’ (Hüller) attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Directed by Maren Ade; Starring Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Vlad Ivanov, Trystan Pütter, Lucy Russell. Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use/162m.

Oscar-nominated documentary shorts

Friday, Feb. 17: 3:00, 6:00

Feb. 18-23: Daily showtimes: 3:05, 8:20

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.

Hidden Figures

Three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture

Sat.-Mon. 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.-Mon. early show: 11:55 Daily showtimes: 2:55, 5:50, 8:45 

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.


Six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture

Friday, Feb. 17: 3:05

Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 5:30

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.-Mon. early  show: 12:40 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.


Six Oscar nominations, including Best Cinematography

Daily showtimes: 3:40, 9:15

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. 17-23

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A Cure for Wellness


Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:40, 8:20

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. Directed by Gore Verbinski; Starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Lisa Banes, Ivo Nandi, Susanne Wuest, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie. Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language/146m.

The Great Wall


Sat.-Mon. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: (3-D) 3:35, 6:10, (3-D) 8:45

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Directed by Yimou Zhang; Starring Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Numan Acar, Jing Tian, Eddie Peng, Numan Acar, Lu Han, Kenny Lin. Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence/104m.

Fist Fight


Sat.-Mon. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:00, 8:55

A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends. Directed by Richie Keen; Starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dean Norris, Jillian Bell, Charlie Carver, Tracy Morgan, Dennis Haysbert. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material/91m.

The Lego Batman Movie

Sat.-Mon. early show:  12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:35, 8:10

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

Sat.-Mon. early shows: 1:10 Daily showtime: 3:55, 6:40, 9:20

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

Sat.-Mon. 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.


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