Fences, Denzel Washington’s screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, will open wide this Christmas Day. It’s another in a tradition of carefully selected movies making their theatrical debuts on December 25.
While studios usually opt to release their seasonal fare in the weeks leading up to the holiday, thereby allowing for audience awareness and, hopefully, positive word of mouth to build before the big day, they sometimes decide to hold out for the 25th. Right or wrong, studios figure their film is good enough to lure viewers away from all those new gifts and sumptuous feasts and straight into the multiplexes.
Happily, Fences is worth the post-presents trip out of the house, thanks largely to the award-worthy turns by …
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