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Finding Fantastic Beasts

Engineered to set up a decade of movies with built-in brand loyalty, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an enormous hit that left little mark. Is it worth a second look?

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It feels like HAL 9000 belongs in a different movie

The portions of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey centered around the HAL-9000 computer and its interference in the titular odyssey are probably the most widely-celebrated parts of the film. But I’ve always been a bit puzzled as to how Hal fits.

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I have no idea if this year’s poor box office performance means anything.

The headline on Box Office Mojo reads, “Summer 2017 Closes Out with the Worst Labor Day Weekend in 17 Years.” As an obsessive box office watcher, I’ve noticed and been perturbed (excuse my strong language) by headlines like this in recent weeks. I love and care about movies, and I desperately want them to retain their cultural relevance. This is a silly thing for me to care about, and I’m not even doing a good job of it.

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