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)

"Fences"

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

"Passengers"

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)