New in theaters for the weekend of January 6
New in theaters:
It's inspired by the true story of three female African-American mathematicians at NASA and their integral role in the flight that put John Glenn in orbit.
"Underworld: Blood Wars"
Kate Beckinsale returns in the fourth movie in this vampires-and-werewolves saga, so there must still be a niche for a series that's often more stylish than good.
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"A Clockwork Orange"
The Gateway Film Center kicks off its year-long Cult 101 series with a 35mm screening of Stanley Kubrick's tale of crime and punishment. Also playing this week: "Young Frankenstein" and "Big Trouble in Little China"(!!!).
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"La La Land"
Damien Chazelle's pitch-perfect Hollywood love story is a movie for anyone who loves movies. Go even if you balk at the song and dance. It's purely lovely. (4 stars)
Denzel Washington's big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright August Wilson showcases superb performances by Washington and Viola Davis (3 ½ stars)
The first standalone Star Wars story is a different kind of beast, a darker war story that only deepens appreciation for the original trilogy. (3 ½ stars)
"Manchester by the Sea"
Director Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited third film may be his best, a touching and deeply human tale of a janitor (Casey Affleck) taking unexpected guardianship of his teen nephew. (4 stars)
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There's a promising sci-fi premise and a likeable pairing of onscreen stars in Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, but it's undercut by a plot that raises then dismisses a serious moral dilemma. (2 ½ stars)