All in 7/10

Shazam! Review

Shazam is a character with a long lineage in comics and an similarly long list of aliases and legal issues. The Superman-like hero debuted in 1940 with the name Captain Marvel, which of course clashed with the Marvel hero of the same name. Perhaps it is thus fitting that this film releases within just months of the Marvel film.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sends us back into the Wizarding World that was introduced to readers in 1997, and cinema goers in 2001.  Inspired by the book published under the same title, but with little to do with it outside of the fact both heavily feature magical creatures. The published book was done for charity and is mostly made up to look like Harry Potter's real school book and gives descriptions and histories of magical creatures; some pages include scribbled notes from Harry and Ron as if they had written them while sitting in class. The film, however, focuses on the author of that book, Newt Scamander and the time shortly before his book is published while he is in New York City in 1926.