The Weeknd STARBOY

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The singer gets all-star as­sists from Daft Punk (“Starboy”), Lana Del Rey (“Star­girl In­ter­lude”) and Ken­drick La­mar (“Side­walks”) on a darkly ro­man­tic al­bum of al­lur­ing odes to ex­cess.

Lion FRI. 11/25, PG-13 ★★★★✩

Twenty-five years af­ter be­ing lost — and sep­a­rated from his brother and mother — as a boy in India, Sa­roo (Dev Pa­tel) searches for his first fam­ily with the sup­port of his adop­tive Aus­tralian par­ents (Ni­cole Kid­man and David Wen­ham) and girl­friend (Rooney Mara). This tru­elife tear­jerker builds to an emo­tional cli­max.

WED. 11/23, PG ★★★✩✩

A teen girl (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) sets sail for a fabled is­land, team­ing up (and bick­er­ing) with a tat­tooed demigod (Dwayne John­son) to help save her home­land. With witty songs by Lin-manuel Mi­randa, this epic an­i­mated ad­ven­ture from Dis­ney is a sweet-spir­ited jour­ney of iden­tity with a plucky hero­ine who’s not a princess driven by ro­man­tic love.

Bad Santa 2 WED. 11/23, R ★✩✩✩✩

Hard-drink­ing Wil­lie (Billy Bob Thorn­ton) re­luc­tantly reteams with small side­kick Mar­cus (Tony Cox) for a hol­i­day heist of a char­ity — but the raunchy jokes fall flat in this ut­terly un­nec­es­sary com­edy se­quel, which squan­ders Kathy Bates as Wil­lie’s mom. Put it on your “not see” list! The Gist: The Em­pire star — and sin­gle mom — chron­i­cles her rocky road to suc­cess (in­clud­ing es­cap­ing an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship) in this hon­est and in­spir­ing mem­oir.

No­table Quotable: “Time and again, I’ve lost roles be­cause some­one with the abil­ity to green-light a film couldn’t see black women beyond a very lim­ited purview he or she thought ‘fit’ au­di­ence ex­pec­ta­tions.”

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