Trailer Time: Jackie Trailer #2 (2016) *Natalie Portman is Jacqueline Kennedy*

A second trailer is out for the post-assassination look at former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.  Starring Natalie Portman, Jackie, has been getting stellar advance reviews, and the role seems tailor made to deliver another Oscar nomination for Portman.  Jackie also stars Peter Sarsgaard, John Carroll Lynch, Max Casella, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup.  Jackie opens in theaters on December 2, 2016.
Jackie, Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Portman

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) *A Triumphant Return to the Wizarding World!*

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to think going into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The book of the same name is a 40 page bestiary that was published during the course of the original Harry Potter series with the conceit that it was Harry’s actual Care of Magical Creatures textbook from Hogwarts.  That a five-film series was being planned based on that, set 80 years or so before the events of the Potter series, with a completely new cast, set in America not the integral Britain of the books, and that Rowling herself was going to write the screenplay (her first, and screenplays are very different from massive novels, another beast entirely you could…yes I hear you, no more puns)…..all this uncertainty lowered my expectations.  I thought the film would be good.  I really shouldn’t have doubted Rowling.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is definitely in Harry Potter’s world but creates a detailed, charming, and-at times-frightening first installment in a brand-new saga. Continue reading Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) *A Triumphant Return to the Wizarding World!*