Hol­i­day movies of­fer fa­mil­iar faces — and new sto­ries, writes Christina Bar­ron

The Northern Advocate - - 48 Hours/entertainment -

Go­ing to the movies this hol­i­day sea­son may feel like spot­ting a fa­mil­iar gift bag un­der the Christ­mas tree. You know the pack­ag­ing isn’t new, but you hope you’ll be ex­cited about what’s in­side. Clas­sics such as How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas and Mary Pop­pins are dan­ger­ous to re­make. Mil­lions have seen the orig­i­nals and are sure to make com­par­isons. This year’s ver­sions prom­ise ei­ther new or more-de­vel­oped char­ac­ters to spark some in­ter­est. Su­per­hero fans cer­tainly know Spi­der-Man, but the web-sling­ing hero has mul­ti­plied in Into the Spi­der-Verse.

DC Comics fans may have seen Aqua­man cameos in two ear­lier movies, but this film dives deep into his un­der­wa­ter world.

And then there’s J.K. Rowl­ing’s new movie. The first Fan­tas­tic Beasts had the wiz­ardry that cap­ti­vated Harry Pot­ter fans. But its char­ac­ters were ei­ther new or far re­moved from that saga at Hog­warts. The sec­ond film prom­ises the re­turn of Dum­ble­dore. That fact alone makes

The Crimes of Grindelwald a wel­come gift for Pot­ter­heads.

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