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.
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)
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.
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)
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