‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ Review: Conspiracy

Like so many kids’ entertainment these days, “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” is a political primer sprinkled with magic dust. In this third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series (itself a prequel series of the original “Harry Potter” stories), the lovable creatures have mostly been replaced by darker creatures: here, scorpion freaks are tortured by activists …

‘Holy Beasts’ Review: Cinematic Dreams Within Dreams

The meta thriller “Holy Beasts” follows a group of artists who come together in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to complete their friend’s unfinished project. movie productor Jean-Louis Jorge, murdered in 2000. It’s a respectfully elegant, intellectual homage, a fictional assessment of what it means to continue the legacy of a real lost artist. The story …

Watching ‘China’s Strange Beasts’ With Liquor, Smoke and Sleuthing

WARRANTY ANIMALS OF CHINAby Yan GeTranslated by Jeremy Tiang The word “cryptozoology” has an air of scientific rigor, evoking decoded gene sequences and impeccably preserved fossils. But in practice, it is a pseudoscience that focuses on human myths. The cryptozoologist navigates a maze of rumors, conjectures and hallucinations to get to the Minotaur, be it …