The Harry Potter universe is back in (box-office) business with the first adventure for pre-Potter magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who unwittingly causes havoc in Jazz Age New York with his own box of tricks. Actually, it’s a suitcase overflowing with a magical menagerie that makes Jumanji look like a dog walk in the park.
Another movie adaptation of a Philip Roth novel (following the previous week’s American Pastoral), this is a semi-autobiographical affair set in the early 1950s, in which the atheism of a college freshman (played by Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman) puts him at loggerheads with the Jewish fraternity and the sanctimonious Dean (Homeland’s Tracy Letts). Let battle begin…
Director Jim Jarmusch’s documentary about proto-punk rockers Iggy Pop and the Stooges is here at last (after five years of gestation), and it’s well worth the wait. And thankfully, the evergreen Mr Pop has survived to tell his tale.
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