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Screen Scene for week of Dec. 23: Last wave of holiday movies opens

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in “La La Land,” opening in Wichita on Christmas Day.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in “La La Land,” opening in Wichita on Christmas Day. Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

New this week

“Assassin’s Creed” – Michael Fassbender stars in this adaptation of the popular video game as a man who learns he is a descendant of a secret society of assassins with nifty skills, like how to be overly photogenic.

“Passengers” – Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star as commuters traveling to a far-off planet who awaken 90 years prematurely. And hitting the snooze button is not an option.

“Sing” – The team that brought us “Minions” returns with this animation about a koala bear showman who puts on a singing competition to save his fading theater.

Opening Friday

“Why Him?” – This strained-looking comedy stars Bryan Cranston as a straight-laced father who visits his daughter at college and clashes with her app inventor boyfriend (James Franco).

Opening Christmas Day

“Fences” – Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in this adaptation of the Broadway play about a former baseball player struggling to provide for his family in 1950s Pittsburgh.

“La La Land” – Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as a musician and actress pursuing their dreams and falling in love in this musical – yes, musical – set in Los Angeles. Who knew they had such beautiful voices? (Of course they do.)

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