MOVIES

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CLAIRE FOL­GER/SUN­DANCE IN­STI­TUTE

Kyle Chan­dler and Casey Af­fleck in “Manch­ester by the Sea.”

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