‘Fantastic Beasts’ invades the big screen as ‘Loving’ finally comes to Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Harry Potter universe is growing just a little more this weekend with the prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film, set in 1920’s New York, finds a former Hogwarts student, played by Eddie Redmayne, trying to figure out what dark force is at work in the big apple. He has a suitcase of magical animals at his side that escape in the city. The drama co-stars Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo. It’s rated PG-13.

Virginia is finally getting “Loving” this weekend. Based on the true story of an interracial couple that was prosecuted here in Virginia in the 1960’s. Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the film chronicles their ten-year battle to affirm their rights. The civil rights case would go all the way to the supreme court. Shot here in Virginia, in some of the real locations where it all happened, the film is rated PG-13.

“The Edge of Seventeen” stars Hailee Steinfeld as a teen trying to plot her course through the modern day world. The awkward high school junior feels isolated but finds a kindred spirit in another fellow outcast at school. The drama co-stars Woody Harrelson. It’s rated R.

“Bleed For This” is based on the true story of boxer Vinny Pazienza. Played by Miles Teller, he was an up and coming fighter with several titles under his belt who nearly died in a crash that left him unable to walk. Thanks to a trainer, played by Aaron Eckhart, he works to return to the ring. The drama is rated R.

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