Director: David Yates. Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Johnny Depp. 133 min. Rated PG-13. UK/USA. Adventure/Fantasy.
A prequel to the Harry Potter stories, set in New York, with occasional references to "Hogwarts" and "Dumbledore", just to keep the story grounded. The soft-spoken Redmayne and numerous comedic moments make this (deservedly) much more lighthearted than the Harry Potter films, and the sudden switch at the very end from one famous actor to another to reveal the main villain (and prepare for the next episode) was a surprising touch. I'm looking forward to the sequel.