Movie listings: Sept. 9-15

Varsity Theatre

Sept. 9-15

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Complete Unknown

NEW

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

This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing. Directed by Joshua Marston; Also starring Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Chris Lowell. Rated R for some language; 95m.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:55; Daily showtimes: 4:20, 9:10

An energetic celebration of Frank Zappa told entirely through archival footage culled from the performer's 30-year career in entertainment. Weaving together rare TV interviews and performances from around the world, the film by the German director explores Zappa's unconventional and irreverent handling of the media, his irrepressible quest for enlightenment and his witty self-dramatization. Directed by Thorsten Schütte; Starring Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel. Rated R for language, some sexual references and brief nudity; 90m.

 

Hell or High Water

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:30; Daily showtimes: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

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: 11:50; Daily showtimes: 2:50, 5:50, 8:50

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.

Equity

Daily showtime: 6:40

When senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is passed over for a promotion at her firm, she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public, hoping this promising IPO will secure her a place at the firm’s highest level. But when an employee at the start-up raises questions about a possible crack in the company’s walls, Naomi must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal, or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect. Soon Naomi finds herself tangled in a web of deception and office politics and begins to question if there is anyone she can trust. As the IPO draws closer, Naomi sees that the choices she has made for her career have left her very much alone. Forced to reexamine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved she finds herself in a fight for her very survival. Directed by Meera Menon; Also starring James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner. Rated R for language throughout; 100m.

Florence Foster Jenkins

 Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:30; Daily showtime: 6:00

Set in 1940s New York, "Florence Foster Jenkins" is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. Directed by Stephen Frears; Also starring Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda. Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material; 110m.

Captain Fantastic

Daily showtimes: 3:10, 8:40

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. 9-15

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Sully

NEW

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00, 2:15; Daily showtimes: 4:30, 6:50, 8:10, 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.

Hands of Stone

Daily showtime: 8:50

At age 72, legendary trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement to coach world-class Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramirez). Arcel becomes a mentor to the ferocious fighter, convincing him that winning ultimately comes down to strategy. After scoring knockout after knockout, Duran prepares for a bout against Sugar Ray Leonard, the undefeated lightweight champion. Five months later, on Nov. 25, 1980, the two titans meet for an infamous rematch that makes boxing history. Also starring Ana de Armas, Usher Raymond IV, Rubén Blades, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Pedro "Budu" Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Óscar Jaenada, Reg E. Cathey, Yancey Arias, David Arosemena. Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity; 105 minutes.

Don't Breathe

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10, 2:30; Daily showtimes: 4:45, 7:05, 9:20

Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he's an easy target, the trio invades the man's secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim. Directed by Fede Alvarez; Also starring Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang. Rated R for terror, violence, disturbing content, and language including sexual references; 88m.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:50; Daily showtimes: 3:15, 5:40

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, 8:00

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

Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15; Daily showtimes: 3:10, 6:10, 9:00

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. 

Finding Dory 2

Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:20; Daily showtimes: 3:50, 6:20

Reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane; Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy Rated PG for mild thematic elements; 97m+6m short subject.

 

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