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‘Nocturnal Animals’

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal

Directed by: Tom Ford

Rated: R



Recalling that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series became darker and darker as the sequels wore on, don’t be surprised if you find that same element in this latest, promising new world created by the famed author. Directed by David Yates (who directed the last four “Potter” movies), this is Rowling’s first screenplay, and its flaws can’t override that these “Beasts” and their collector, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) will have a lengthy run as at least three or four more films are in the works.


Director Denis Villeneuve heads for the stars after the drug-fueled border wars of “Sicario” early this year. Even that movie, filled with violence and an unrelenting tension, was in its own way understated, a hallmark of this director’s style. So, too, is “Arrival,” a thoughtful, almost meditative movie that is as much about the limitations of the heart as it is about the outer limits.

Dr. Strange

‘Dr. Strange’

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Rated: PG-13



From the sublime “Sully” to the idiotic “Inferno,” it just proves that when Tom Hanks is good, he’s very good. But when he’s not, well, he’s usually playing super sleuth Robert Langdon, the hero of Dan Brown’s bestselling novels.