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Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'The Puppet Master: The Films of Jiri Trnka'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is part of the Jiri Trnka film series at Whitsell Auditorium.Big screen

Last week, Nov. 9

"Dr. Seuss' The Grinch"; "The Girl in the Spider's Web"; "Overlord"; "The Front Runner"

This week, Nov. 16

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" (Warner Bros. Pictures), PG-13, 134 minutes

About — It's the second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander; Stars — Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol; Director — David Yates

"Instant Family" (Paramount Pictures), PG-13

About — A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children; Stars — Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz; Director — Sean Anders

"Widows" (20th Century Fox), R, 129 minutes

About — Four women with nothing in common, except a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands, conspire to forge a future on their own terms; Stars — Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki; Director — Steve McQueen

"At Eternity's Gate" (CBS Films), PG-13, 110 minutes

About — A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Olse, France; Stars — Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen; Director — Julian Schnabel

Next week, Nov. 23

"Ralph Breaks the Internet"; "Creed II"; "Robin Hood"; "The Favourite"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, www.imdb.com

Home rentals

The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:

1. "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

2. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

3. "Hocus Pocus"

4. "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"

5. "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

6. "Ocean's 8"

7. "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

8. " Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War"

9. "Deadpool 2"

10. "Tag"

Other recent favorites: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"; "Uncle Drew"; "A Quiet Place"

Upcoming events

• There are a couple interesting documentaries coming out on the big screen this week (and presumably available through streaming/download and other ways, eventually): "The Last Race" is about a small-town stock car race track and the blue-collar folks hanging on to the tradition in the face of globalization and commercialization; "The World Before Your Feet" is about 37-year-old Matt Green and his six-year project of walking every block of every street in New York City, a distance of more than 8,000 miles.

• "The Puppet Master: The Films of Jiri Trnka," by Northwest Film Center, examines the animation pioneer who used puppets. He conveyed the drama and psychology of his characters through his figures' body language, expressive lighting and camera movement. It came out of the lively Czech puppet theater tradition. A prolific artist, author and book illustrator, Trnka made films that made an impact on the development of Czech animators and inspired others. He made 18 short and six-feature length films that brought him international acclaim, and he was rivaled only by Walt Disney Studios in output. The best-of retrospective takes place Nov. 17-25 at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tickets/more: $5-$10, www.nwfilm.org.

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