Movie listings: Oct. 7-13

Varsity Theatre

Oct. 7-13

See www.catheatres.com for showtimes and ticket prices

Author: The JT Leroy Story

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:20 Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:00, 9:10 (No 6 p.m. showing on Oct. 11)

On Jan. 9, 2006, the New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. But LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco-based former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. The film takes us down the fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert — like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids — breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many, but according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression. Written and Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig; also featuring Bruce Benderson, Dennis Cooper, Panio Gianopoulos, Winona Ryder. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug material and violent images; 111m.

The Birth of a Nation

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30 Daily showtimes: 3:20, 6:10, 9:00

Set against the antebellum South,"The Birth of a Nation" follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Directed by Nate Parker; Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis. Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some brief nudity; 120m.

The Girl on the Train

NEW

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

Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel. Directed by Tate Taylor; Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney. Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity; 112m.

The Hollars

Daily showtimes: 2:10, 9:20 (No 2:10 showing Oct. 9)

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. 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

Daily showtimes: 3:00, 8:50

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 dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. "It’s a movie that ... changes its viewer. You leave happier, honored to have been, for two hours, part of this family," said 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.

The Music of Strangers

Daily showtimes: 4:30, 6:50

The movie tells the 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.

Snowden

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtime: 5:30

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.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Oct. 7-13

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Deepwater Horizon

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:30, 6:05, 9:10

On April 20, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg, this story honors the men and women whose heroism would save many on board and change everyone's lives forever. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson. Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language; 107m.

Masterminds

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00, 2:20 Daily showtimes: 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess, David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Also starring Owen Wilson, Ken Marino, Jason Sudeikis, Devin Ratray, Jon Daly, Mary Elizabeth Ellis. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence; 94m.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Sat.-Sun. early show: 2-D 12:25  Daily showtimes: 3-D 3:20; 2-D 6:15, 8:40

From director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers, and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends. Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Judy Dench, Samuel L. Jackson. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril; 127m.

The Magnificent Seven

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. 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, some language and suggestive material; 133m.         Storks

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:35, 5:45, 8:00 

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 revealing 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. 

Sully

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:50; Daily showtimes: 4:10, 6:30, 8:50

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.

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