Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
– The first spin-off and The prequel to the original Harry Potter series (though the franchise now might be called “J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World” though this is the first I’ve heard of it. The book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, original was written as a “textbook” of Harry Potter’s that explained the magical creatures of the Harry Potter universe. When the franchise was looking to be expanded upon, Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling used the book as the basis for the film and is now expanding to its own series of films.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the movie, follows the “author” of the book, Newt Scamander, as he arrives in New York City in 1926 along with his case full of rare magical creatures. America is in the middle of an anti-magic crusade and the American Wizarding World is trying to keep a low profile. However, Newt brings conflict to the No-Maj (muggle/human world) and the Wizarding world when some of his magical creatures are released into New York City. Newt teams up with his new No-Maj friend, Jacob Kowalski, to recapture the magical creatures, while the darker forces try to upset balance of the human and magic worlds.
– Stars Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Ronan Raftery, Josh Cowdery, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Johnny Depp, and Zoë Kravitz. Directed by David Yates. Rated PG-13.
The Edge of Seventeen
– A coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old teenage girl, whose hard life gets worse when her best friend starts to date her older brother and causes her life to spin out of control.
– Stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Hayden Szeto, Eric Keenleyside, Laine MacNeil, Katie Stuart, Alexander Calvert, and Meredith Monroe. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Rated R.
Bleed for This
– A biopic based on the true story of Vinny Pazienza, a championship boxer who won two world title fights then was nearly paralyzed after a car accident. Despite being told that he may never walk again, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” starts to train himself to walk and box to finally return to the boxing ring only a year after his accident.
– Stars Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Christine Evangelista, Amanda Clayton, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Sully Erna, Ted Levine, Daniel Sauli, Tina Casciani, Joe Jafo Carriere, Denise Schaefer, and Gene Amoroso. Directed by Ben Younger. Rated R.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
– A limited release going nationwide, about a 19-year-old home from a tour of duty with his team that made him famous but with him and his team already horrified by war. The movie is told through both past and present during a football game with the Dallas Cowboys.
– Stars Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Tucker. Directed by Ang Lee. Rated R.