Movie listings: Jan. 6-12

Varsity Theatre

Jan. 6-12

Editor's note: See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices

Hidden Figures

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:15, 6:15, 9:10

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. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. 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

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 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.

Fences

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 5:20, 8:30

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.

Lion

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:40, 5:30, 8:20

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

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 5:45, 8:45 (No 8:45 showing on Jan. 12)

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

Daily showtime: 3:30

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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Jan. 6-12

Editor's note: See www.catheatres.com for additional days not listed, and ticket prices

A Monster Calls

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:00 Daily showtimes: 3:45, 6:30, 9:10

A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible"). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor's father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona; Starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver. Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images/108m.

Underworld: Blood Wars

NEW

Sat.-Sun early show: (2-D) 12:25 Daily showtimes: (2-D) 2:40, (3-D) 4:55, (2-D) 7:15, 9:30

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, this movie follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. Directed by Anna Foerster; Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies, Oliver Stark, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Lara Pulver, Bradley James. Rated R for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality/91m.

Jackie

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:25  Daily showtimes: 3:55, 6:20, 8:50

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.

Passengers

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:306:15, 9:00

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.

Sing

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:50, 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

Sat.-Sun. early show: (2-D) 11:55 Daily showtimes: (2-D) 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.

 

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