seeks comfort in the company of a giant talking tree (Liam Neeson).
DEC. 25 “Fences”: Viola Davis is the early favorite in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar race for her performance in this adaptation of August Wilson’s play about race relations in the 1950s, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.
“Hidden Figures”: Director Theodore Melfi’s factbased drama celebrates the contributions of three African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae) who played critical roles in help- ing NASA send astronaut John Glenn to the moon.
“Live By Night”: Ben Affleck wrote, directed and stars in this Prohibition Era drama about an overly ambitious man who crosses the wrong mobsters.
DEC. 28 “Paterson”: Jim Jarmusch wrote and directed this character study of an emotionally alienated bus driver (Adam Driver).
JAN. 6 “Silence”: Two 17th-century Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) travel to Japan in search of their mentor (Liam Neeson) in director Martin Scorsese’s years-in-the-making drama. JAN. 13 “Patriots Day”: Wahlberg, Kevin
Mark Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons star in director Peter Berg’s dramatic recounting of the first responders who helped save lives during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
“Julieta”: A mother (Emma Suarez) revisits her past in order to figure out why her daughter abandoned her in the latest drama from director Pedro Almodovar.
JAN. 20 “20th Century Women”: Mike Mills (“Beginners”) directs Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning in this story about the cultural rebellion of the late 1970s.
“Toni Erdmann”: Writerdirector Maren Ade’s celebrated German comedy centers on a father trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea.”