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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Family films and potential Oscar-bait are starting to creep into theaters, which will only increase as we approach Thanksgiving and then Christmas.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13). Dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes captivity with a plot to recruit pureblood wizards and witches, and take over the world from the non-magical populace. A sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” of a couple of years ago, set in the “Harry Potter” world. With Eddie Redmayne back as Newt Scamander, along with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Zoë Kravitz and Jude Law.

“Instant Family” (PG-13). This domestic comedy has a married couple (Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne) deciding to test-run their idea of having a family by taking in a foster child, preferably a small boy or girl. Instead, they find themselves saddled with a rebellious 15-year-old (Isabela Moner) and her two younger siblings. With Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty and Joan Cusack.

  

“Widows” (R). When an infamous bank robber (Liam Neeson) and his two partners are killed during a botched job, his grieving widow (Viola Davis) recruits the other two widows (Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki) to help her pull off a job of their own after being threatened by one of their husbands’ victims. With Colin Farrell, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Haas and Robert Duvall.

“A Private War” (R). Rosamund Pike stars as ill-fated, real-life British war correspondent Marie Colvin, who felt compelled to chronicle events in frontline confrontations around the world that affected helpless civilians, putting herself in danger to alert the world of injustices. With Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander.

“Boy Erased” (R). This true story focuses on Jared, a college freshman (Lucas Hedges) who is sexually assaulted, which prompts him to reveal to his parents that he is gay. Jared’s father, a Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe), enrolls him in a gay therapy-conversion program, but upon discovering that the chief therapist (Joel Edgerton) is an abuser, Joel’s mother (Nicole Kidman) intervenes, which leads to friction at home. With Cherry Jones. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)