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FANTASTIC FLICKS AND WHERE ARE THEY?

  

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

So far, the more “serious” fall-film season has given us only so-so offerings, which means it’s already time to head back to fantasyland, and as such, the big opening this weekend is a “Harry Potter” spinoff.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (PG-13). J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” spinoff stars Eddie Redmayne as preeminent magizoologist Newt Scamander, an eccentric wizard and author of the title tome, which was seen briefly as a textbook for Potter in the first film. Set in the United States in 1926, the plot has Newt’s briefcase being compromised, unleashing dangerous creatures. Co-stars include Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight and Johnny Depp.

“Long Way North” (PG). French (dubbed in English) animated feature set in 19th century St. Petersburg where a young Russian aristocrat sets out to find her grandfather, a Russian explorer who designed an arctic ship and took it to the North Pole but hasn’t been heard from since. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (R). Ang Lee (“Life of Pi,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) directed this of Ben Fountain’s novel about a 19-year-old soldier (Joe Alwyn) in the Iraq war involved in a tense battle that pushes him and some comrades into the spotlight as heroes, leading to a cross-country promotional tour. With Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin.

  

“Bleed for This” (R). True story of World Champion boxer “Vinny Paz” Pazienza (Miles Teller), who suffered a spinal injury in a near-fatal auto accident and then made an incredible comeback to the ring. With Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds.

“The Edge of Seventeen” (R). An awkward high school teen (Hailee Steinfeld) sees her best friend take up with her scholar/athlete/popular older brother and it turns her world on its head in this coming-of-age comedy. Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick co-star.

“The Uncondemned” (NR/probable PG-13). Documentary about the 1997 prosecution of rape as a crime against humanity during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the first such criminal prosecution in history. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Handmaiden” (Not Rated/probable R, in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles). In 1930s Korea during the Japanese Occupation, a Japanese heiress living in seclusion on a large estate in the countryside until she hires a maid, unaware that the maid is a thief hired for a plot to swindle the lady of the house. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Love Witch” (Not Rated/probable R). Contemporary comedy-horror yarn (film in garish color to emulate 1970s-era cinematography) about a narcissistic witch (Samantha Robinson) who enchants men to make them fall in love with her, then discards them to continue searching for the perfect mate. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)