Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Alison Sudol
Directed by: David Yates
Plot: On the last leg of a trip around the world collecting magical animals, Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s suitcase gets accidentally swapped with a muggle suitcase and magical creatures are unleashed onto 1920’s New York City.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 80%
Critic Consensus: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter‘s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own”
The Edge of Seventeen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson
Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig
Critic Consensus: “High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother”
RT Freshness: 94%
Critic Consensus: “The Edge of Seventeen‘s sharp script — and Hailee Steinfeld’s outstanding lead performance — make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy”
Bleed for This
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciaran Hinds, Ted Levine, Jordan Gelber
Directed by: Ben Younger
Plot: After a head on car crash, boxing champ Vinny Pazienza is told he will probably not ever walk again, let alone get back into the ring, but he defies his doctors and gets himself back into fighting shape for another title shot.
RT Freshness: 66%
Critic Consensus: “Bleed for This rises on the strength of Miles Teller’s starring performance to deliver a solid fact-based boxing drama that takes a few genre clichés on the chin but keeps on coming”
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
Directed by: Ang Lee
Plot: While being honored during halftime at a Thanksgiving Day football halftime show, veteran Billy Lynn flashes back to what really happened to him while in combat in Iraq.
RT Freshness: 44%
Critic Consensus: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them — and its visual innovations are often merely distracting”