Fire at Sea: The first documentary to win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film by Gianfranco Rosi shows the changes in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. Not rated. At the Roxie.
Jackie: Natalie Portman portrays Jackie Kennedy in the drama, which follows the first lady in the days right after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Rated R. At the Sundance Kabuki and Embarcadero.
Lion: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of 5, and then located his original home using Google Earth 25 years later. Rated PG-13. At the Embarcadero.
Old Stone: An accident plunges a Chinese taxi driver into a nightmare that takes exceedingly darker turns in the film (in Mandarin with English subtitles) written and directed by Johnny Ma. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.
Mifune: The Last Samurai: The documentary by Berkeley-based Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.
Miss Sloane: Jessica Chastain stars as a crackerjack political lobbyist trying to make a difference on Capitol Hill. Rated R.
Office Christmas Party: The brother of a CEO plans an epic holiday celebration to land an important client and prevent his sister from closing his branch in the comedy starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston. Rated R.