New in theaters for the weekend of January 6

New in theaters:

"Hidden Figures"

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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Limited screenings:

"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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Alive recommends:

"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)

"Rogue One"

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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Also in theaters


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)