Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (12A)



Action (2018)
134mins UK/US

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
Director: David Yates
Writer(s): J K Rowling
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escapes the custody of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) led by President Seraphina Picquery. Grindelwald begins to marshal an army. Albus Dumbledore, who is currently employed as the professor of Defence Against The Dark Arts at Hogwarts, is unable to stand against Grindelwald and he implores Newt to oppose the uprising. Since his antics in 1926 New York, Newt has become a celebrity in the wizarding world.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (12A)

Family trees bear poisonous fruit and their roots run deeper than any ardent fan of the wizard world of J.K. Rowling might have dared to dream in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. Written for the screen by the best-selling author, David Yates's frequently thrilling sequel continues to expand and enrich mythologies beyond the wonder years of Harry Potter and his Hogwarts alumni. Not by accident, the impassioned pureblood rhetoric spouted by dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) dances to the same divisive drums as US President Donald Trump's controversial nationalism. Grindelwald talks of acceptance, love and peaceful rebellion as he slyly galvanises an uprising against non-magical folk, who are thought to be worth less because they are different. Depp dials down the pantomime villainy, opting for slow-burning insidiousness that unsettles rather than flatly chills...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. Caption: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, directed by David Yates. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk. Copyright: 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.The aching depth of a childhood bond with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is implicit in lustrous flashbacks. "We were closer than brothers," sadly recalls the future headmaster of Hogwarts, who has never recovered from the lingering poison of desire. In an exhilarating opening set-piece, which allows director Yates to flex his muscles, Grindelwald stages a breathless escape from the custody of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) led by President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo). The dark wizard sets in motion his convoluted scheme, which focuses on emotionally disturbed outcast Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), who is a prisoner of Circus Arcanus along with shape-shifting companion Nagini (Claudia Kim).

In London, Torquil Travers (Derek Riddell), Head of Magical Law Enforcement, implores magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to join the fight against Grindelwald and serve the Ministry of Magic alongside his older brother, Theseus (Callum Turner). "The time is coming when we all have to pick a side," Theseus warns his sibling. "I don't do sides," naively counters Newt. Instead, the magizoologist secretly answers a call from Dumbledore, professor of Defence Against The Dark Arts at Hogwarts, who refuses to publicly oppose Grindelwald. Newt's covert mission exposes a tangled web, which ensnares MACUSA agent Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her mind-reading sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) and non-magical beau Jacob (Dan Fogler), and Newt's former sweetheart Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz).

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald builds robustly and stylishly on the first film to test the frayed resolves of flawed characters, some of whom have already lost so much. As she proved in the two-part stage production Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Rowling knows how to satisfy fans without shamelessly pandering to them. The script skilfully acknowledges her magical canon - scenes at Hogwarts briefly reveal a young and flinty Minerva McGonagall (Fiona Glascott) - as she drops narrative bombshells with laser-targeted precision to satisfying, loud gasps. Redmayne endears us even more to his socially awkward loner as he brandishes a wand in the name of creatures great and monstrous. Production design and costumes are a heaving banquet for the eyes, garnished throughout with special effects conjured by an unseen army of digital wizards. Yates's prelude to all-out-war is spellbinding.

- Jo Planter

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. Caption: Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein and Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, directed by David Yates. Photo: Jaap Buitendijk. Copyright: 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 11th January
To Thursday 17th January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chesham, The Elgiva
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hertford, Hertford Theatre
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Malmesbury, Malmesbury Town Hall
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 18th January
To Thursday 24th January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Rhodes Arts Complex And Bishop's Stortford Museum
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bridport, The Electric Palace
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Grimsby, Whitgift Film Theatre
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, John Clare Theatre
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Albans, The Odyssey Cinema
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Heaton Moor Savoy
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- York, Vue York


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