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Varsity Theatre

Schedule effective

March 21-27

Wind Rises

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:35 Daily showtimes: 3:30 6:20 9:10

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman. Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking/126m.

Girl on a Bicycle

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 2:00 Daily showtimes: 4:30 6:55 9:20

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta. Then the young French beauty, Cécile, pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle, and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French "wife," two Australian children who call him "Papa," and his life upside-down. Directed by Jeremy Leven. Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Paddy Considine, Louise Monot. Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language/101m.

12 Years a Slave

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:45 Daily showtimes: 4:45 8:00

Academy Award winner: Best picture, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Directed by Steve McQueen;. Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch. Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality/134m.

The Past (Le Passé)

Times: Daily showtimes: 3:00 9:00

In French and Persian with English subtitles

Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie's request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend, Samir. During his tense, brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Ali Mosaffa, Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language/130m.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Academy Award winner: best foreign language film

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:00 Daily showtimes: 5:55

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed by Paolo Sorre, Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli. This film is not rated/142m.


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 1:15 Daily showtimes: 3:45 6:10 8:40

During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Nate Parker, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references/106m.

Ashland Street Cinemas

Schedule effective

March 21-27


Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 11:45 Daily showtimes: 2:50 6:00 9:10

A thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller. Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality/140m.

Muppets Most Wanted

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:10 Daily showtimes: 3:00 5:50 8:35

"Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, including stops in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows them overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the World's Number One Criminal, and dead-ringer for Kermit. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Frank Langella, Til Schweiger, Sean Combs, Zach Galifianakis. Rated PG for some mild action/114m.

Need for Speed (2-D, 3-D)

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:15 (2-D) 3:10 (3-D) 6:05 (2-D) 9:00 (3-D)

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. Directed by Scott Waugh. Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Kid Cudi, Michael Keaton. Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language/124m.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Times: Sat.-Sun. early show: 12:55 Daily showtimes: 3:20 5:40 8:00 (No 8:00 showing on March 20)

Meet Mr. Peabody — a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel laureate, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius. He also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy, Sherman, hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet — being a parent. Directed by Rob Minkoff. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton. Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor/97m.

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