Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 18,  2016 |

Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –November 18,  2016

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November 18


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Warner Bros.


  –   Adventure | Family | Fantasy

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Summary: It’s 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

David Yates


Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller

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THE BUZZ: Can you feel it? The *magic* is back! So, you’re probably wondering, what makes these beasts so fantastic? And why are they hiding? All great questions. Even though there is strong correlation between the worlds of Fantastic Beasts and the Harry Potter franchise, I’m anxiously anticipating to see how this new story line will play out in this mixed world of No-Majes (aka Muggles). This will be the first of a five, you read that correctly, a FIVE-film series. Potterheads, rejoice! – Akimi


The Edge of Seventeen


STX Entertainment


  –   Comedy | Drama

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
Summary: Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

Kelly Fremon Craig


Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick

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“Fast, full-hearted and graced with a beautifully modulated lead turn by Hailee Steinfeld, the movie takes the risk of playing it straight and sincere — and the risk pays off”.
The Hollywood Reporter | Jon Frosch

THE BUZZ: Now confirmed by multiple close sources, Hailee Steinfeld successfully conveys the necessary level of lovable self-absorption to make this high school comedy worth repeat viewings, which is exactly what i want from the genre. Whoever thought of playing Steinfeld off of a curmudgeon-y Woody Harrelson earns my affection, and anyone who has learned the hard way how close together the send and delete functions can be on your phone, this is your movie of the season. – Arno


Bleed for This


Open Road Films (II)


  –   Biography | Drama | Sport

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2Summary: Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence boxer, shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

Ben Younger


Miles Teller, Christine Evangelista, Katey Sagal, Aaron Eckhart

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Overall, Bleed For This is difficult to dislike: the story may be hokey but it’s real, and so is the sentiment behind it.
Time Out London |Tom Huddleston 

THE BUZZ: There’s just something about boxing that inspires such great storytelling on the big screen. On the one hand, there’s the immediacy and no-nonsense nature of the activity: pummeling your fellow combatant into submission. And on the other, there’s an endless stream of heroic (and tragic) characters: modern-day gladiators who find themselves fighting personal demons in addition to their physical opponents. Here’s a stirring look at ’80s boxing sensation Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) and his quest to regain a second shot at glory in the ring. – Bret


Manchester by the Sea


Roadside Attractions


  –   Drama

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2Summary: After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

Kenneth Lonergan


Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

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There are no clichés here, and Lonergan flawlessly carves out the most sincere moments to reveal a sprawling, deeply affecting odyssey of emotional recovery.
The Film Stage | Jordan Raup | Jan 24, 2016

THE BUZZ: This film is essential viewing on my path to the upcoming movie awards season. Casey Affleck is reminding everyone how good he really is, and the film is already generating some Oscar buzz. Plus, it’s directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who has been nominated for screenplay Oscars twice and co-wrote Gangs of New York. The story looks to be filled with painfully imperfect characters on journeys of love, heartbreak, and redemption. Truly intrigued, and I have to know more. – Lance


Nocturnal Animals


Focus Features


  –   Drama | Thriller

rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Tom Ford


Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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As a screenwriter, Ford has made some brave choices in a difficult, complex adaptation. As a director, though, he veers between delivering far too much, and yet not quite enough.
Screen International| Fionnuala Halligan | Sep 2, 2016

THE BUZZ: We all know that when Jake Gyllenhaal gets into seriously dark territory, it often results in his best work. But what about Amy Adams? She’s never really had such an opportunity until now, which is one of many reasons I am biting my nails to the quick until director Tom Ford’s follow-up to the exquisite A Single Man is released. – Arno


A Street Cat Named Bob


  –   Biography | Comedy | Drama | Family

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2
Summary: A Street Cat Named Bob tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Roger Spottiswoode


Bob the Cat, Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt

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Unpretentiously touching on the page, this material feels stretched a bit thin on film, with televisual production values and a samey song score doing little to enrich matters: Still, it’s sweetly hopeful
Variety| Guy Lodge | Nov 8, 2016

THE BUZZ: Having not read the book on which this British dramedy is based, I’m drawn primarily to this movie on the basis of Bob the Cat, an orange tabby who happens to look just like mine. Can this be the breakout role, finally, for a short-haired domestic? In all seriousness, I’m a sucker for any tale that sensitively frames the struggles of an underdog (see what I did there) who finally manages to figure things out. – Bret


The Eyes of My Mother


Magnet Releasing


  –   Drama | Horror

Metascore: 73/100 (7 reviews)
rated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.
Summary: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.

Nicolas Pesce


Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green

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It’s intense as hell, and a supreme example of how the morally repugnant can be made to look weirdly beautiful.
The Playlist| Noel Murray | Sep 23, 2016

THE BUZZ: With a trailer that’s five times more frightening than any “AHS: Roanoke” episode and polarizing critical response, I feel powerless against the pull of this black-and-white nightmare created by first-time director Nicolas Pesce. We’re also pro Pesce because he wrote up a list of his favorite B&W horror movies for us. – Arno


Officer Downe


Magnolia Pictures


  –   Action

rated-under-review_1Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can’t be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.
Summary: Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can’t be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.

Shawn Crahan


Alison Lohman, Lauren Luna Vélez, Sam Witwer, Kim Coates

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Life on the Line


Lionsgate Premiere


  –   Action | Drama

A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.
rated-under-review_1Summary: Life on the Line is an action thriller and family drama centered on Beau (John Travolta), his beloved niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth) and the hardworking men who risk their lives to work “on the line” and keep the electric grid running. These unsung heroes brave raging storms and dangerously dizzying heights in their dedication to keeping the populace safe. Toiling hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, tragedy is often inches away. Haunted by the electrocution death of his brother, Beau is devoted to Bailey and determined to see her go off to college and away from the life of linemen. Bailey has other plans, which include the strapping second-generation lineman Duncan (Devon Sawa), whom Beau despises. A deadly tempest is brewing and headed straight to their Texas town. Beau, Duncan and a legion of linemen are thrust into the eye of the storm and must face down impending disaster to keep their community connected.

David Hackl


John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Gil Bellows

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