In the last weekend before the big December blockbusters, we get some magic with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… and not much else.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Age Restriction: 10–12PG V
It’s 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Despite being set in the same universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a world apart from the original Harry Potter movies that spawned this spin-off. Far more grown-up in both content and themes, Fantastic Beasts is a solid, stand-alone effort that’s filled with interesting characters and beautiful world-building. It might take a little while to pick up steam, but once it gets going, the going is good.
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Vir Die Voëls
Age Restriction: 10–12PG V
Die storie neem ons terug na die laat-sewentigs, midde die Grensoorlog, toe vroueregte skaars bestaan het en hubare mans troepies was.
Once again, sadly, we have to judge a book by its cover. Or, a movie by its trailer in this case. So, Vir die Voëls is an Afrikaans rom-com set in the seventies, which is about as much of a deviation from the norm as I suppose you can expect. Otherwise, it looks pretty straight-forward. Strong independent woman that don’t need no man will end up with one anyway, and you get to find out how and why.
Age Restriction: 13 L
Maggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig) is a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working in education, who without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), an anthropology professor and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie’s best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives and connects them in surprising and humorous ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices
A smart, subversive romantic comedy with a twist, Maggie’s Plan may or may not be to everyone’s liking but still serves as a sharp and painfully accurate commentary on modern times. With humour coming from the performances as opposed to contrived situations, and full of wit and charm, this is ideally what other rom-coms should aspire to be.
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The Snow Queen 2
Age Restriction: PG V
The trolls have developed a taste for freedom. Having played a major role in their [sic], Orm has become a hero to them all. This is not enough for him, however. Comically exaggerating his exploits and achievements, he spins a web of lies, claiming that he, personally, defeated the Snow Queen, and that he is destined to marry the princess, inherit great power and riches. Where will Orm’s tall tales lead him?
From the same team that (for some reason) brought you Sneeukoning last year, comes Snow Queen 2, the… sequel. Honestly, I don’t even know anymore, I couldn’t even make it through the trailer, let alone look for reviews on this. If you want to take your kids to a good animated movie that won’t make you wish you could drown yourself in your popcorn, hold out for Moana next week.
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Last Updated: November 25, 2016