Five Movies You Need to See This Week

If you’re willing to travel, you can catch almost any recently released movies somewhere in the Valley. Here are our top five picks for what to see this weekend:

  1. “Arrival” – Amy Adams plays a linguist enlisted by the U.S. government to try to communicate with aliens, who have recently arrived on Earth. Jeremy Renner plays a mathematician who is also brought in to help. Smart science fiction.
     
  2. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – You don’t have to be a “Harry Potter” fan to enjoy the latest movie existing in that universe, but it wouldn’t hurt. Eddie Redmayne plays a collector of magical animals who comes to New York and promptly loses some of the animals. While finding them he gets involved in a dangerous development among wizards, who keep their identity secret in the U.S. The film is based on a book J.K. Rowling wrote in 2001, which was suppose to be a textbook Harry and his classmates used at Hogwarts.
     
  3. “Loving” – Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested for being married in 1958 – because he was white and she was black. The film follows their fight to make interracial marriage legal, a fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
     
  4. “Doctor Strange” – Another entry in the Marvel franchise. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character, a surgeon who seeks healing for injuries and winds up becoming a powerful sorcerer. Smarter than a lot of Marvel movies, and Cumberbatch leads a terrific cast.
     
  5. “The Edge of Seventeen” – Hailee Steinfeld plays a high-school junior whose complicated life gets worse when her best friend starts dating her brother. It’s another in a long line of similar films about high school kids finding themselves, but Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, as her history teacher in whom she confides, make it better than most.

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