By: Kimberly Donahue

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In honor of the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the gang kicked off the show with Harry Potter talk and they discussed their sorting houses and favorite characters.

Hayley: Hufflepuff/Hermione

Liv: Slytherin/Moaning Myrtle

Will: Man Tears/Hagrid

Mandela: Lupin

News On the March

The classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time, is getting its own 3D film adaptation. The film is set to open in April 6, 2018.

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Mark Osbourne is set to direct a film adaptation of the cult comic series Bone.

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Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast of  The Unicorn Store.

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Kong: Skull Island has released its first trailer.

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A Q&A  with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds took place this week  where he discussed the problems with making a smaller budget film.

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A new trailer has been released for Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.

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Reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Studios

Follows the adventures of Newt Scamander in New York in the 1920s seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book. Will’s theory is that someone was inspired by the scene in Prisoner of Azkaban where Harry wrestles the book and decided to make the movie.  He was surprised by the film and thought it was a great start for the series.  Mandela thinks David Yates managed to bring back a lot of the magic of Harry Potter but believes the story began to wan out throughout the story. Eddie Redmayne was perfect for the role and very natural.  It’s good that the movie creates its own little world while also being part of the Harry Potter universe, but does not use it as a crutch. SEE IT.

Nocturnal Animals

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Photo Credit: Focus Features

A woman reads her ex husband’s violent novel after she decides to leave him and then fears for his life. Amy Adams is a very versatile actress and is never type casted and has the nuance to be subdued with acting. Michael Shannon was fantastic even though he is more of a supporting actor. Overall fantastic performance by the cast. You don’t see this story a lot. It’s very stylish. SEE IT.

Manchester By the Sea

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Photo Credit: Fresh Movie Trailers

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after his father dies. This movie is SO SAD with little moments of humor. Casey Affleck shatters his past roles and was so good. Academy, GIVE HIM THE OSCAR ALREADY. Lucas Hedges is likely to get an Oscar for this and it’s his first major film role. An emotional roller coaster, real, and powerful. Deals more with the nostalgia of loss. A strong Oscar contender. Absolutely go see it.

Featured Interview

This week, The Screening Room spoke with Jessica Julius, the Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios whose latest project is the upcoming film, Moana.

She has worked on every Disney film since Bolt. 

She studied communications with a film basis in college.

She started off as an Art Director in Indie movies.

Loves reading more than anything in the world

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Top 10 Movie Prequels 

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10.Puss and Boots

9.Paranormal Activity 3

8.Revenge of the Sith

7.The Hobbit Trilogy

6.The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

5.Monsters University

4.Temple of Doom

3.Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2.X-Men First Class

1.The Godfather Part II

This Week at the Box Office

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1.Fantastic Beast $29.7 million

2.Doctor Strange $4.8 million

3.Trolls $3.8 million

4.Arrival $3.4 million

5.Almost Christmas $1.9 million

That’s all for this installment of The Screening Room! Tune in in two weeks for more on 88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University.