Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

‘Molly’s Game’

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Rated: R

Rodney Brown dunking a basketball

The New Year’s Eve celebration got an early start for Lamar State College Port Arthur on Dec. 31 as the Seahawk basketball team went off like a Roman candle, scoring the first 15 points of its year-ending, tournament-closing game, winning 91-57 over North America University in the LSCPA New Year’s Day Classic.

The win improved LSCPA’s record to 6-7 for the season as the Seahawks get set to open the 2018 half of their schedule on Friday, Jan. 5, when they host NJCAA Region XIV rival Panola College at the Parker Center in Port Arthur at 6 p.m.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour

‘Darkest Hour’

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James

Directed by: Joe Wright

Rated: PG-13

It’s not often that I’m not ready for a movie to end. I really wanted this one to go on and instead of taking us up to the point that England entered World War II, take us all the way through. Of course, the caveat would be that the incomparable Gary Oldman would continue in the part of a lifetime as Winston Churchill.

Paul Kane (1810-1871), ‘Mount St. Helens with Smoke Cone,’ 1847, oil on paper, 8

The Stark Museum of Art features Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer, a special exhibition of an artist who overcame obstacles in his artistic quest. Paul Kane (1810-1871) wanted to record the landscape and the people of North America before they changed. From 1845-48, Kane camped and canoed across the continent, sketching in watercolor and oil paints along the way. The exhibition includes over 120 rarely seen works of art and manuscripts. It will be on view through June 2, 2018.

Lamar University basketball player shooting a basketball

The holiday road hasn’t been kind to the Lamar men’s basketball team. After opening the season 8-1, LU dropped the next four games and will head into the Southland Conference opener on Thursday, Dec. 28, with an 8-4 record as the Houston Baptist Huskies at the Montagne Center at 7 p.m.