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At the Movies: November 16

"Instant Family"; "Widows"; "Green Book"; "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"…

Instant Family

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family.

PG-13. Comedy. Directed by Sean Anders. 2h.

What the Internet Says

“Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne become foster parents in a well-done formula comedy that's like 'Parenthood' for the age of adoptive empathy.” – Variety

“It’s genial and spirited and — unsurprisingly, given its genesis — has at least a basic feel for life as it’s lived, full of stings and surprises.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Our Take: A must see film, perfect to watch with your family during the holidays!

Watch the trailer here.


A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows -- Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle -- have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses' criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica (Viola Davis) joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.

R. Drama. Directed by Steve McQueen. 2h 9m.

What the Internet Says

“Widows masterfully blends high-art craftsmanship with a sharply drawn pulpy narrative to deliver a crime flick that's equally smart and entertaining.” – Screen Rant

“The movie, believe it or not, gives pleasure. It’s a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture.” – Vulture

Our Take: Wow! Viola Davis sets the screen ablaze alongside an ensemble cast of women in a heist thriller that will surely entertain and impress…   

Watch the trailer here.

Green Book

Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

PG-13. Drama/Comedy. Directed by Peter Farrelly. 2h 10m.

What the Internet Says

“It’s a familiar and conservative creative dynamic that seems pretty old-fashioned at this moment in time, but the human interchange, enlivened as it is by two fine actors in responsive form, make it go down easily and enjoyably.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Our Take: If you’re in the mood for something emotionally touching and heartwarming, then Green Book is the perfect film for you this weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.

PG-13. Fantasy. Directed by David Yates. 2h 13m.

What the Internet Says

“An enjoyable foray into J.K. Rowling’s imagination, bolstered by a more appealing Eddie Redmayne, but you can’t help feeling The Crimes of Grindelwald is still treading water until future chapters.” – Empire

Our Take: Regardless, the second installment of the "Fantastic Beast" series is adventurous and whimsical, if you are a fan of the series then this may just be the ticket this weekend…