Movie listings: Dec. 2-8

Varsity Theatre

Dec. 2-8

See www.catheatres.com for showtimes and ticket prices

Allied

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:25, 6:20, 9:10

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. Directed by Robert Zemeckis; Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Daniel Betts, Simon McBurney, Marion Bailey, Lizzy Caplan. Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use/124m

Loving

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:00, 5:50, 8:45

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. Directed by Jeff Nichols; also starring Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass (II), Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Will Dalton. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements/123m.

Rules Don't Apply

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:40, 8:35

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty), who they work for. It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. Directed by Beatty; also starring Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen. Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references/126m.

Moonlight

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20 Daily showtimes: 4:00, 6:40, 9:20

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.

Arrival

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:00, 8:55

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.Directed by Denis Villeneuve; Also starring Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma, Nathaly Thibault. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language/116m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Dec. 2-8

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Moana

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:05 (2-D), 12:45 (3-D) Daily showtimes: 2:50 (2-D), 6:00 (2-D), 6:30 (3-D), 8:45 (2-D)

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by John Musker, Ron Clements; also starring Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison. Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements/107m + 6m short. 

Bad Santa 2

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 2:40 Daily showtimes: 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 (No 7:15 showing on Dec. 8)

Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior.Directed by Mark Waters; Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Skowron, Jenny Zigrino. Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some graphic nudity/92m.

The Edge of Seventeen

Sat.-Sun. early shows: 12:10 Daily showtime: 6:40, 9:05

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig; Also starring Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Hayden Szeto. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drinking, all involving teens/104m.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:55 (2-D) Daily showtimes: 3:00 (2-D), 3:30 (3-D), 5:35 (2-D), 9:15 (3-D), 8:35 (2-D)

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Directed by David Yates; Starring Jon Voight, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Zoë Kravitz, Gemma Chan, Katherine Waterston. Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence/132m.

Doctor Strange

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 (2-D); Daily showtimes: 3:20 (3-D), 6:10 (2-D), 9:00 (2-D)

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Scott Derrickson; Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence/120m.  

Trolls

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00, 2:15 Daily showtimes: 4:30   

DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls" is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known. Directed by Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn; Also starring Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel,  Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, John Cleese, Gwen Stefani. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/92m. 

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