On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

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This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in a scene from ‘Assassin’s Creed.’
This image released by Columbia Pictures, Chris Pratt, left, and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, ‘Passengers.’

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    In theaters:

    WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend. With Bryan Cranston and James Franco. R, 111 minutes

    ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. PG-13, 115 minutes

    SING — An animated musical comedy about Dapper Koala Buster Moon who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. PG, 108 minutes

    PASSENGERS — On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. With Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. PG-13, 116 minutes

    FENCES — The story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Starring Denzel Washington. PG-13, 139 minutes

    ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY — In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. PG-13, 133 minutes

    COLLATERAL BEAUTY — Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. With Will Smith, Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet. PG-13, 97 minutes

    MANCHESTER BY THE SEA — After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) becomes the sole guardian of his teenage nephew. Taking leave of his job in Boston, he reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. R, 135 minutes

    OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY — Hoping to close a sale and save their jobs, two co-workers (Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller) must rally their colleagues to throw an epic Christmas party. Also starring Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon. R, 105 minutes

    NOCTURNAL ANIMALS — An art gallery owner (Amy Adams) is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon. R, 117 minutes

    FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM — The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. PG-13, 2 hrs., 13 minutes

    MOANA An animated musical about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. PG, 114 minutes

    DOCTOR STRANGE — After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. PG-13, 115 minutes

    TROLLS — A computer-animated musical comedy in which Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite, embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. PG, 92 minutes

    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in a scene from ‘Assassin’s Creed.’
    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in a scene from ‘Assassin’s Creed.’

    This image released by Universal Pictures shows Meena, voiced by Tori Kelly, in a scene from ‘Sing.’
    This image released by Universal Pictures shows Meena, voiced by Tori Kelly, in a scene from ‘Sing.’

    This image released by A24 shows Annette Bening, left, and Lucas Zade Zumann in ‘20th Century Women.’
    This image released by A24 shows Annette Bening, left, and Lucas Zade Zumann in ‘20th Century Women.’

    This image released by Columbia Pictures, Chris Pratt, left, and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, ‘Passengers.’
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_Passengers.jpgThis image released by Columbia Pictures, Chris Pratt, left, and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, ‘Passengers.’