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In Touch (USA) - - Slipups - BY ALEXANDRA MONIR

Harry Pot­ter pre­quels fol­lows Newt Sca­man­der (Ed­die Red­mayne) to New York, where he tries to con­tain the mag­i­cal crea­tures that ac­ci­den­tally escape from his suit­case. J.K. Rowl­ing’s screen­writ­ing de­but is filled with imag­i­na­tive ac­tion and in­ven­tive vo­cab­u­lary. Even if the sto­ry­telling takes a backseat to the world-build­ing, it’s still movie magic.

FRI. 11/18, R ★★★★✩

Af­ter the death of his older brother, Lee (Casey Af­fleck) is made sole guardian of his teenage nephew, which re­sults in a re­luc­tant re­turn to his home­town — and the tragic past with his ex-wife (Michelle Wil­liams). Avoid­ing easy an­swers for un­com­fort­able truths, it’s a dev­as­tat­ing drama.

Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals FRI. 11/18, R ★★★✩✩

A wealthy but un­hap­pily mar­ried artist (Amy Adams) re­vis­its her past when her ex-hus­band (Jake Gyl­len­haal) mails her a manuscript of his un­pub­lished novel. Al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the past, present and the pulpy plot of the novel (Amy look-alike Isla Fisher ap­pears in the book scenes), di­rec­tor Tom Ford’s drama is a stylish tale of re­gret and re­venge.

The Edge of Seven­teen FRI. 11/18, R ★★★✩✩

Still reel­ing from the death of her dad, an awk­ward teen (Hailee Ste­in­feld) acts out af­ter her pop­u­lar older brother (Blake Jen­ner) starts dat­ing her best friend (Ha­ley Lu Richard­son). Hailee con­vinces as an ex­as­per­at­ing, en­dear­ing comic char­ac­ter; Hay­den Szeto shines as a class­mate with a crush on her.

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The Gist: Se­crets, lies, mur­der! A prep school heart­throb is found dead in this mes­mer­iz­ing mys­tery, told from the POVS of the two girls (for­mer friends) who were both in love with him.

Notable Quotable: “Can you ex­plain to us, Miss Mor­gan, why the boyfriend of Lana Rivera had these pho­tos of you two in his pocket when he died?”

Gus and Jessie al­most didn’t make it to their nup­tials, which took place in a for­est in Seat­tle and were of­fi­ci­ated by their best friend. “I think we have the great­est wed­ding story ever,” Gus tells In Touch.

The first of five

INTO THE WOODS STUCK IN THE DESERT

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