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Friday’s openings: a witch’s brew of movies

Hollywood is still trying to recapture that Harry Potter magic, this time with the second in the prequel "Fantastic Beasts" series, which is among Friday's opening movies:

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald": Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is enlisted to help battle the nefarious Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Captain Jack Sparrow is now an evil wizard.

"Instant Family": Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg star as a clueless, childless couple who end up adopting a trio of orphans. As if the kids didn't have it hard enough already …

"Widows": Director Steve McQueen strays away from straight drama and tries his hand at this genre story about four women who react to the deaths of their husbands by completing a complex heist. If you want something done, give the task to a woman.

As always, I'll update when the local theaters finalize their bookings.