Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

As a fan of the Harry Potter series and the wonderful universe created by author J. K. Rowling, I really wanted to like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But I didn’t find much to love, just a safe, entertaining young adult focused cinematic experience. This new film, the first of a five-part series, is set a century before Harry’s birth and based in 1920’s New York City. Eminently likable Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is…Read More

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

There’s something inherently epic about this greatest of showdowns, between an alien creature with superhuman powers and a man so full of rage that he pushes himself to the very limit of physical endurance, then adds innovative technologies to make him superhuman. Each has his origin story, with Batman being born out of the horror and pain of a young Bruce Wayne seeing his parents gunned down by a street thug in Gotham City, and Superman traveling…Read More