Movie Diary 11/14/2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates, 2016). Strike up the wand, it’s J.K. Rowling again, launching another blockbuster franchise. We’ll see about that; meantime, this installment is pretty fun – except in all that obligatory business of setting up the next four movies. But it can’t be a blockbuster unless it has a universe. (full review 11/18)

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee, 2016). The movie’s got some spunk. But I saw it “flat” – no 3D, no super-high-frame-rate – and I wonder whether it needs its technological innovations to make it clear why Lee wanted to do the movie. (full review 11/18)


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