Movie listings: Sept. 23-29

Varsity Theatre

Sept. 23-29

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes

The Hollars

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:40 Daily showtimes: 4:00, 6:20, 8:40

John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother's illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasinski's second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship. Directed by John Krasinski; Starring John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Randall Park. Rated PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material; 88m.        

Our Little Sister

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 Daily showtimes: 3:05, 6:05, 9:00

In Japanese, with English subtitles

Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings. "It’s a movie that, by its serene final scene, changes its viewer. You leave happier, honored to have been, for two hours, part of this family,"  said Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda; Starring Haruka Ayasa, Kaho, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase, Ryohei Susuki. Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language; 126m.        

Snowden

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:50; Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50, 8:50

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone ("Platoon," "JFK") tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. "Snowden," the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year. Also starring Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Joely Richardson, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer. Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity; 134m.

The Music of Strangers

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:50; Daily showtimes: 6:45

From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed "Best of Enemies," the film "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. Directed by Morgan Neville; Also starring Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language; 96m.

Hell or High Water

Daily showtimes: 4:15, 9:15

Texas brothers Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster) come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide. Directed by David Mackenzie; Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality; 102m.

The Light Between Oceans

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:05 Daily showtimes: 6:00

In the years following World War I, Tom Sherbourne, a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the island's sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of the chores and the solitude of his surroundings. When he meets the daughter of the school's headmaster, Isabel Graysmark, in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island. As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family, so when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered. As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgment he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences. Directed by Derek Cianfrance; Starring Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander, Caren Pistorius. Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content; 133m.

Captain Fantastic

Daily showtimes: 3:10, 9:50

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them. Directed by Matt Ross; also starring Frank Langella, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell , Ann Dowd, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn. Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity; 119m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Sept. 23-29

See www.catheatres.com for additional showtimes.

The Magnificent Seven

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:50 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:55, 9:00

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest. Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material; 133m.                     Storks

NEW   Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10, 2:25 Daily showtimes: 4:40, 6:55, 8:00, 9:05 (3-D)    

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable, and wholly unauthorized, baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and evealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland; Also starring Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Keegan-Michael Key. Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements; 87m. 

Bridget Jones's Baby

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50; Daily showtimes: 3:45, 6:35, 9:25 (No 6:35 showing Sept. 29)

After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s "happily ever after" hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father. Directed by Sharon Maguire; Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson. Rated R for language, sex references and some nudity; 123m.

Sully

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00, 2:15; Daily showtimes: 4:30, 6:50, 9:10

On Jan. 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Directed by Clint Eastwood; Also starring Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language; 91m.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:35; Daily showtimes: 4:05

Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. Starring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro. Animated; Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril; 101m

Pete's Dragon

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30; Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:30

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot  seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Directed by David Lowery; Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford. Rated PG for action, peril and brief language; 102m.     

Suicide Squad

Daily showtimes: 6:30, 9:20

It feels good to be bad ... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.  U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? Directed by David Ayer; Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language; 123m. 

 

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