MOVIE PICK: "Fantastic Beasts 2," "Widows," and "Instant Family" all new in theaters
FLINT-- It's another three newbie weekend in theaters with a fantasy sequel, a comedy and an action thriller all fighting for box office supremacy this weekend.
The laugher is "Instant Family," a comedy with a nice message about foster care and adoption. Mark Whalberg is star and producer with Rose Byrne as co-star. They play a couple looking to start a family and they stumble into the foster care adoption world. When they go in looking to adopt one small child, the meet three siblings- including a rebellious 15-year old girl- and they find themselves speeding from zero to three overnight as they learn the ropes of instant parenthood.
I sense that anyone with experience dealing with foster care, either as a child or a parent, will relate to this movie. From the trailer, I'm betting there is high potential for the laughs to lead to a few tears. "Instant Family" scores well with the Rotten Tomatoes crowd, both critics and movie goers. Oscar winner Olivia Spencer also appears.
"Widows" is a film that I have been looking forward to since first seeing the trailer. It stars Oscar winner Viola Davis along with Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez and Daniel Kaluuya.
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their husbands' criminal activities. Hoping to pay off that debt and live their own lives, the women team up to pull off a major heist.
The plot twists are many covering gangster life, politics, family, loyalty and betrayal. I saw it Saturday night and enjoyed the experience!
Finally, you have "Fantastic Beasts : The Crimes of Grindelwald." It's the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series. The stories happen before the days of Harry Potter.
Hoping to block Grindelwald's plans to raise pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student, Newt Scamander, who agrees to help with no clue about the dangers that lie ahead. Love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
I loved all of the Harry Potter films but didn't know what to expect when I saw "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in 2016. It turns out that I liked it so, I'm looking forward to seeing this latest installment. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is a splat with critics on Rotten Tomatoes but audiences seem to like it.
"Fantastic Beasts 2" won the box office battle earning $62 million in its opening weekend. "Instant Family" finished fourth with $14 million. "Widows" was fifth bringing in $12 million.