FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE – Review by Susan Granger

Considering this installment of the Wizarding World sub-franchise was written by Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling and Steve Klovesand and directed by Harry Potter\” veteran David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is decidedly underwhelming, a dull, Dumble-snore, two-and-a-half hours of murky tedium, making one want to beg the Potterverse to stop making these inferior spin-offs.

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FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Happily, Warner Brothers and the filmmakers behind Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore have openly flouted ‘Don’t Say Gay’ absurdities with the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Right out of the gate, Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gridelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) talk about the love and devotion they once had for each other. No one is hit over the head with it. It was part of the life they once shared. That’s just one of some very adult, and often understated qualities to appreciate in the new film.

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RIDERS OF JUSTICE – Review by Liz Braun

Everything about the writing in Riders of Justice is delightful, but the genius of what writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen is doing here is most evident in the creation of a trio of deeply damaged, somewhat deranged and entirely sweet-natured men, each of them ruthless in his capacity to hack into the lives of others, misuse spyware and gather information on enemies real or imagined.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While not as famous as his fellow Danish auteur Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg has been making compelling and arguably more diverse movies than his more controversial colleague for thirty years. Starring Danish screen legend Mads Mikkelsen as Martin, Another Round is a sparky yet oddly melancholy comedy about men, masculinity and that old devil, booze.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Diane Carson

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is a film at war with itself. On the one hand, it warns against the negative effects and dire professional and personal consequences of daily, increasing alcohol consumption. On the other hand, it celebrates the joyful camaraderie and liberating abandon drinking brings. As alarming, the setup comes with a scientific overlay.

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ANOTHER ROUND (TIFF20) – Review by Pam Grady

Though Another Round is an ensemble drama, Mads Mikkelsen stands out in the crowd, one of a quartet of high school teachers who decide to test the crazy theory that maintaining a .05 alcohol level leads to optimum mind and body function. Certainly, staying drunk leads to euphoria in the early going, but in scenes that veer between comedy and melodrama, reality has a way of deflating the buzz.

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