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Fences, starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, opens this weekend

Both actors recently snagged Golden Globe nominations for reviving their roles in the movie adaptation

Fences: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

Fences: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

In 2010 Denzel Washington and Viola Davis won Tony Awards for a revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, focused on the family of a working-class man who might have been a Major League star if only he hadn’t been a black baseballer a generation before Jackie Robinson changed the game.

Both actors recently snagged Golden Globe nominations for reviving their roles in the movie adaptation, directed by Washington. “The movie of Fences doesn’t need Hollywood bells and whistles,” wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who put it No. 4 on his year-end best list. “This writer, this director and these actors are all the magnificence required to grab your attention and hold it.”

Opens Sunday, Dec. 25. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.