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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

July 5-11

The East

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:45 Daily showtimes: 3:25 6:05 8:45

Sarah Moss is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group's charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed. Directed by Zal Batmanglij. Starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, some disturbing images, sexual content and partial nudity/116m.

The Lone Ranger

Times: Fri.-Sun. 1:55 early show: 5:15 8:35

Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham Carter. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material/149m.

The Heat

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:35 6:20 9:10

Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport. Rated R for pervasive language, strong content and some violence/117m.

Much Ado About Nothing

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 6:30

"Much Ado About Nothing" is a modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon. Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon-to-be-beloved) actors — some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks. Shot in glorious black and white, the film stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick, the world's least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion as Dogberry, Clark Gregg as Leonato, Fran Kranz as Claudio and Reed Diamond as Don Pedro. Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use/107m.

Before Midnight

Times: Daily showtimes: 3:50 9:00

In "Before Midnight," we meet Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) nine years on. Almost two decades have passed since that first meeting on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early 40s in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Xenia Kalogeropoulou. Rated R for sexual content/nudity and language/108m.

This is the End

Times: Fri.-Sat. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:15 6:50 9:20

Six friends are trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles in this dark comedy. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart their friendships. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill. Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence/107m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

July 5-11

White House Down

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:10 6:10 9:10

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Capitol policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. With the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter and the country. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image/131m.

Despicable Me 2 3D

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:50 (2D) Daily showtimes: 3:20 (3D) 5:50 (2D) 8:20 (3D)

Gru returns with the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions ... and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. In this animated sequel, the Anti-Villain League consults Gru for help when it finds itself dealing with new super-criminal, Eduardo (voice of Al Pacino). Directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin. Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt. Rated PG for rude humor and mild action/100m.

World War Z 2D / 3D

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:15 (3D) Daily showtimes: 3:55 (2D) 5:30 (2D) 9:20 (2D) (No 5:30 2D showing on 7/11)

When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it's no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread. Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse. Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images/116m.

Monsters University 2D / 3D

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:15 (2D) Daily showtimes: 2:55 (3D) 6:40 (2D) 8:10 (3D) (No 8:10 3D showing on 7/11)

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he's dreamed of becoming a Scarer — and the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But Mike's plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, "Sulley," a natural-born Scarer. The pair's out-of-control competitive spirit gets them kicked out of the University's elite Scare Program, and they'll have to work together with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, to make things right. Directed by Dan Scanlon. Voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray. Rated G/110m.

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