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Fall Movie Roundup | Fantastic Beasts, Doctor Strange and Arrival

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It’s another edition of Post Movie Recaps, as Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) step away from the Thanksgiving festivities to talk about the last three movies they saw in theaters: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World since the end of the Harry Potter series; Doctor Strange, the fourteenth Marvel Studios movie and the superhero franchise’s first foray into the realm of magic; and Arrival, a meditation on communication barriers between cultures disguised as an alien invasion movie.

If you have only seen one or two of these movies, or only want to listen to conversation about specific films, use the time codes below to guide you accordingly:

• Fantastic Beasts conversation begins at 4 minutes and 25 seconds 
• Doctor Strange conversation begins at 59 minutes
• Arrival conversation begins at 1 hour and 39 minutes

Please note that if you’re listening to this podcast, we are assuming you have seen the movies already. We keep the conversations about the movies strictly within those movies’ space as much as possible (ie: keeping the Fantastic Beasts conversation within the Fantastic Beasts conversation, and not in the Doctor Strange section), but still proceed with caution: TONS OF SPOILERS AHEAD.

  • Anna

    Totally agree with everything Josh said about Doctor Strange! Special effects were amazing but beyond that there was very little substance for me

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Oh, hey surprise podcast, nice to see you. Had no idea you were coming over for Thanksgiving…Glad you’re here. :-)

  • Lance Davis

    Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL, just made my expectations for his interpretation on the BLADE RUNNER sequel go through the roof! Anyone with the track record & filmmaking chops that Villeneuve has (ENEMY, PRISONERS, SICARIO, & ARRIVAL), I can get behind when given the reigns to follow up a cinematic classic.

  • Jeff Bajorek

    As a MoviePass holder, i’ve seen all 3 (and many many more) so i was THRILLED that you did this podcast. :)

    I fully agree with your views. Arrival was amazing. I didn’t think about some of the concepts you discussed (like the aliens already knowing english), but it certainly makes sense.

    Fantastic Beasts was… ok. As was Dr. Strange. I loved the concepts but in both just felt like something was off. It may have been the casting as you noted.

    Keep these podcasts coming! Other recent great movies have been – Girl on the Train (which i loved) and Don’t Breathe. There are a few upcoming movies that look good… one i am very excited for is Split.