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New films and DVDs for March 2017

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

“David Yates directs this fantasy adventure adapted by J.K. Rowling from her own novel. Set in New York in 1926, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as eccentric wizard Newt Scamander, author and Ministry of Magic employee, who is headed to the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a special briefcase that is home to a variety of dangerous beasts.

“After the creatures escape Newt finds himself wanted by the US authorities. Meanwhile, the incident has a negative impact on relations between magical and non-magical people in New York. Is there any way to repair the damage caused? The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Ron Perlman.”

Doctor Strange

“Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Stephen Strange, an ill-tempered and self-centred neurosurgeon whose professional life is ruined when his hands are severely damaged in a car crash and he is left unable to operate.

“Undefeated, Doctor Strange sets out to find a cure and encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who has the power to restore his hands and tutor him and others in the magic arts, in the hope of producing the next Sorcerer Supreme. With the help of fellow student Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Doctor Strange must put his new-found powers to good use as the sudden arrival from an alternate dimension of corrupted sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) spreads terror throughout the city of New York. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong.”

Arrival

“After mysterious alien spacecraft land on Earth, American linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) finds herself working with the army to decode the aliens’ communications. Under the command of Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), Louise and military scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) try to learn more about the aliens’ language so they can communicate with them and discover why they have come to Earth, before someone else across the globe decides to attack first. But with the CIA and global leaders monitoring their interactions, will they be able to make their breakthrough without any unwanted interference?”

The Accountant

“Ben Affleck stars as a criminal forensic accountant in this US crime drama directed by Gavin O’Connor. Autistic maths genius Christian Wolff (Affleck) works for ZZZ Accounting where he runs the books for a number of arms dealers, cartels and gangsters and puts the fighting skills taught to him by his military father to good use.

“His latest assignment sees him analysing a large embezzlement at Living Robotics where he works with fellow accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) to investigate. Meanwhile, Treasury Department director Raymond King (J.K. Simmons) is hot on the heels of the shady man known as The Accountant and enlists the help of analyst Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to find him and bring him to justice.”

Nocturnal Animals

“Years after leaving her first husband, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) receives a letter asking her to read the manuscript of his first novel. Although worried that reading the book may unearth unpleasant memories long forgotten, Susan reluctantly begins to read. His story revolves around Tony Hastings (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his family as their summer holiday to a cottage retreat turns violent following a confrontation with a mysterious man.

“As Susan reads on, she becomes convinced that the book is a veiled threat from her ex-husband and is forced to confront some dark truths about her past. The cast also includes Isla Fisher, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Armie Hammer.”

The Light Between Oceans

“Derek Cianfrance writes and directs this drama adapted from the novel by M.L. Stedman. Michael Fassbender plays Australian Tom Sherbourne who returns home after fighting in World War I. He and his wife Isobel (Alicia Vikander) move to a remote lighthouse where they live in solitude for years. Their inability to conceive a child places a terrible strain on their relationship. When one day a baby washes up near the lighthouse in a boat they decide to raise her as their own, convinced this is a message from God.”

Brandon King

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