Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Franchises and How to Start Them

by Benjamín Harguindey

It is a credit to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) that it manages to be its own thing despite being ostensibly “from J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world”. Rowling herself writes the script (as well as toting a producer credit) and for what it’s worth it feels less like a fanfic than the “eighth Harry Potter book” did. No, Fantastic Beasts features nary a conciliatory reference to Hogwarts and its headmaster and instead decides to focus on a largely original, entertaining and ultimately pointless story.

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Review: Arrival (2016)

Good kind of sci-fi & good kind of thriller make good kind of film

by Benjamín Harguindey

Denis Villeneuve has been making movies since 1988, as well as doing frequent rounds at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, but it wasn’t until his 2010 mystery-drama Incendies that the French Canadian director caught worldwide interest and was officially incepted into the mainstream industry.

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Film Review Website CineQuaNews Launches

A team effort by film critics from all around the world.

CineQuaNews is a lame pun that riffs on ‘cinema’, ‘news’ and ‘sine qua non‘ – Latin for “indispensable”. It is also a movie review website cobbled by a network of young, independent film critics stationed all around the world, united if not by opinion then by mutual passion for their craft.

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