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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

July 12-18

20 Feet From Stardom

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 12:50 Daily showtimes: 3:10 5:30 8:00

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In this compelling new film, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Tata Vega, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Chris Botti. Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material/90m.

The East

Times: Fri.-Sun. early show: 1:30 Daily showtimes: 6:40

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 8:55

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: Daily showtimes: 4:10 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 12-16

Pacific Rim 2D/3D

Times: Daily showtimes: 12:00 (3D) 3:30 (2D) 5:30 (3D) 9:00 (2D)

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi )— who areteamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language/131m.

Grown Ups 2

Times: Daily showtimes: 11:55 2:15 4:40 7:05 9:30

Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson. Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity/101m.

Despicable Me 2 2D/3D

Times: Daily showtimes: 1:00 (2D) 3:00 (3D) 6:30 (2D) 8:30 (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.

Monsters University 2D / 3D

Times: Daily showtimes: 12:10 (2D) 2:45 (2D) 5:20 (2D) 7:55 (3D)

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. Voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray. Rated G/110m.

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