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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Johnny Depp co-star in this fantasy adventure, which was directed by David Yates (who helmed four of the Harry Potter films) and adapted for the screen by J.K. Rowling from her own book.

Scott’s Take

Fantastic Beast isn’t great, but it’s a more than adequate way to start a franchise. It has nifty special effects and a scene stealing performance by Dan Fogler. (3 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I didn’t see this one and I probably won’t. Just not my cup of tea and I don’t see myself making the time for it.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Gisell’s Take

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Patriot’s Day

An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of terror. In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

Scott’s Take

I wasn’t expecting much from Patriot’s Day, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t do the job. even though we all know the story, watching it all play out is pretty damn invigorating.  (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Silence

Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

Scott’s Take

I am still on the fence with Silence. It’s beautifully filmed and I get the profound questions it’s trying to get the audience to partake in, but it is just so long. My feeling is this Martin Scorsese film is going to be very, very divisive. (2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I didn’t see this one, but I am definitely down for it.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

A Monster Calls

A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor’s father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.

Scott’s Take

I loved A Monster Calls but it isn’t a movie I will revisit anytime soon.It is just so damn sad. (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Nope.

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

Gisell’s Takc

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Why Him

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Scott’s Take

Why me?

Steve’s Take

Just an awful movie. Nothing worse than a comedy that is just not funny.

Next Week

Definitely check out Patriot’s Day and A Monster Calls. Next week we have Star Wars: Rogue One, Patterson, and Office Christmas Party. Have a great week everyone.