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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

20162 h 13 min
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In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.

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Director David Yates
Runtime 2 h 13 min
Release Date 16 November 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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The CGI stuff was expertly executed, but we wouldn’t expect anything less given this film’s pedigree.  The beasts were ingenious and the small details in almost every scene were clever and smile inducing.  A couple of times I was reminded of Mary Poppins, think carpet bag and the tidying up scene.  However, the storyline was thin with too many tails and by the end it felt like an overlong trailer for the four sequels to come.   Although there was little character development maybe  this will be a slow release over the duration of the franchise if they continue with the same cast.  Overall it was average, hopefully the next one will be meatier.  Special mention for Alison Sudol for a luminous, almost Monroe-esque performance.

Alice Through The Looking Glass

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

It's time for a little madness.

20161 h 58 min
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In the sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", Alice Kingsleigh returns to Underland and faces a new adventure in saving the Mad Hatter.

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Director James Bobin
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
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This sequel to Tim Burton’s earlier foray into the world of Lewis Carroll was a visual treat.     Excellent casting in a story centered around time.  I loved all the corny ‘time’ jokes and was relieved to see Sacha Baron Cohen bouncing back from the horror that was Grimsby   We discovered that the Red Queen was a bitter and vindictive woman with an over developed sense of entitlement because of a personality change after a head injury and the Mad Hatter had never got over being a disappointment to his father.   I guess it’s good for kids to see that behind every weird and/or nasty person there is usually a reason.

Black Mass

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Black Mass

Keep your enemies close.

20152 h 02 min
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The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

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Director Scott Cooper
Runtime 2 h 02 min
Release Date 4 September 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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Jonny Depp does good psychopath.  A scary movie particularly as it’s based on a true story.  ‘Whitey’ Bulger was a notorious crime boss back in the 70s in Boston, USA and this film pulled no punches in portraying the violence and gore that ensued.  Depp was deeply disturbing as the dead-eyed Bulger, unmoved by the fear and death he left in his wake and carrying with him an almost palpable aura of menace.  Benedict Cumberbatch played Bulger’s brother, the upstanding senator and although I’m no expert on a south Boston accent Cumberbatch’s version of it did seem to wander around somewhat and has divided opinion on Twitter.  The few women that were in the movie were Bulger’s victims  in one way or another, the mother of his child, the threatened and intimidated wife of the FBI agent and the teenage girl he had murdered.  The only non-victim woman’s role was his mother.  Is the ‘hard man being especially close to his mother’ stereotype  actually true or just a cinematic  device to show us that even the the most evil psychopaths have some humanity somewhere? Good movie.  Enjoyed is not the right word, but I left feeling chilled by Depp’s portrayal.