At the Movies: November 18

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This week at the movies: The Edge of Seventeen; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; and Bleed for This.

The Edge of Seventeen

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 an unexpected friendship with a thoughtful teen (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Also starring Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson.

Rated R. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Comedy/Drama. 1h 44m

What the Critics Say:

“Steinfeld's wonderfully nuanced, authentic portrayal of the delightfully opinionated, angst-ridden, and awkward Nadine turns this sometimes-edgy high school comedy into a touching gem.” – Common Sense Media

“‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is the best teen movie in years. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent in this charming and insightful film about the turbulence of teendom.” –Vanity Fair

Our Take:

Relatable, hysterical, and sentimental; it’s obvious this critically acclaimed teen flick is going to be a big box office hit and likely the coolest movie of the year. Avoid the FOMO (fear of missing out!) – definitely go and see this one.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Zoë Kravitz, Johnny Depp, and Jon Voight.

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

What the Critics Say:

"‘Fantastic Beasts’ does double-duty as yet another imagination-tickling fantasy adventure and a deeply troubled commentary on tolerance, fear, and bigotry in the world today.” – Variety

Our Take:

If you are a Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling fan, then this is a must-see marvel. Prepare to be nothing less than enchanted by this magical movie.

Bleed for This

Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence boxer, shoots to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves him 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. Based on a true story.

Rated R. Directed by Ben Younger. Sports/Drama. 1h 57m.

What the Critics Say:

 “Teller is terrific, which should come as no surprise to ‘Whiplash’ fans…  Younger doesn’t dare deprive us of the spectacle, recreating historical matches with the same nail-biting tension they would have inspired live. Even so, the bouts in the ring aren’t nearly as compelling as the battle Pazienza is waging in his own head, and Teller takes us there, past the bruises and facial scars (makeup mixed with his own), to reveal the fire behind the fighter.” – Variety

Our Take:

As an odds-defying underdog boxer, Miles Teller delivers a knockout performance (literally). We can’t wait to see this inspiring, compelling, true-story sports epic.