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BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAP­PENED

Not rated. 95 min­utes . Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 51.

THE BRAND NEW TES­TA­MENT

Not rated. 112 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 49.

FENCES

Au­gust Wil­son adapted his own Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play into the screen­play for this film di­rected by and star­ring Denzel Wash­ing­ton (who also starred in a 2010 Broadway re­vival of the play). Wash­ing­ton por­trays Troy Max­son, a for­mer Ne­gro League base­ball player in 1950s Pitts­burgh who strug­gles to pro­vide for his wife (Vi­ola Davis) and raise his son (Jo­van Adepo) while com­ing to terms with his life’s bad breaks. Opens Sun­day, Dec. 25. Rated PG-13. 138 min­utes. Regal DeVar­gas; Regal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

JACKIE

Rated R. 100 min­utes. Regal DeVar­gas; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 47.

LA LA LAND

Opens Sun­day, Dec. 25. Rated PG-13. 128 min­utes. Regal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 43.

LION

A five-year-old boy named Sa­roo (Sunny Pawar) falls asleep on an out-of-ser­vice train in a small-town sta­tion in cen­tral In­dia. He wakes up to find the train in mo­tion, empty, and be­fore he can get off it’s taken him a thou­sand miles from home. He winds up in a Cal­cutta or­phan­age, and is even­tu­ally adopted by an Aus­tralian cou­ple (Ni­cole Kid­man and David Wen­ham) and raised in Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia. Twenty years later he’s played by Dev Pa­tel, and de­ter­mined to find his way back to his mother and sib­lings. He re­lies not on in­stinct, but on child­hood mem­o­ries and Google Earth to find his home. Lion is a true story, adapted by di­rec­tor Garth Davis from the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal tale by Sa­roo Bri­erly. The first half, fea­tur­ing the tribu­la­tions of lit­tle Sa­roo, is won­der­ful, with Greig Fraser’s (Zero Dark Thirty) cin­e­matog­ra­phy fram­ing the tiny kid against the enor­mity of the world in which he is lost. The sec­ond half loses steam. But the end­ing will wring tears out of a turnip. Opens Sun­day, Dec. 25. Rated PG-13. 118 min­utes. In English, Ben­gali, and Hindi with sub­ti­tles. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

WHY HIM?

When mild-man­nered fam­ily man Ned Flem­ing (Bryan Cranston) meets brash in­ter­net bil­lion­aire Laird May­hew (James Franco), the boyfriend of his daugh­ter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), he is ap­palled. With his child­like im­pul­sive­ness and lack of a fil­ter, Laird of­fends Ned ev­ery bit as much as he charms the rest of the Flem­ings. Af­ter it’s made clear that Laird must se­cure Ned’s bless­ing in or­der to pro­pose to Stephanie, a comedic duel com­mences. Rated R. 111 min­utes. Regal DeVar­gas; Regal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

Ma­jor league play­ers: Denzel Wash­ing­ton and Vi­ola Davis in Fences, at Regal DeVar­gas, Regal Sta­dium 14, and Vi­o­let Crown

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