Theaters rolling out the big guns for holiday season
Along with plenty of family fare, early Oscar contenders like Christian Bale’s turn as Dick Cheney in “Vice.”
For the first time in years, Santa isn’t bringing a “Star Wars” film to good little girls and boys this Christmas. That’s all right, because this holiday movie season is a packed house with a wildman superhero who hangs with fish, an adorable Autobot, a couple of Spider-Men, some magical folks and even Dick Cheney. ❚ Prepare for a bunch of big franchise movies to gorge on after your Thanksgiving turkey. Don’t worry, though: The slate is stuffed with awards-ready fare, too, as studios try to get films out before New Year’s for Oscar consideration. ❚ Here are 10 films, from the return of the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny to a Viola Davis heist flick, that you’re absolutely going to want to see in the next two months.
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (Nov. 16)
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Jude Law
Director: David Yates
The skinny: War is starting within the wizarding world of the 1920s, with villainous Gellert Grendelwald (Johnny Depp) rallying magic men and women against humankind, causing everyone to choose sides. But after befriending quirky wandwaving hero Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in the first “Beasts,” loyal World War I vet Jacob Kowalski (Fogler) is #TeamNewt forever. “His heart is just bigger than his whole torso,” Fogler says of his character. “This is an epic, gigantic movie and you have lovely little moments of these brothers trying to help each other out.” And they need to be a tighter unit than ever: “The good guys are being tested, and the bad guys are rising up and trying to level the playing field.”
Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler, left) is still amazed by his magical pal Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in the sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”