Going to the movies this holiday season may feel like spotting a familiar gift bag under the Christmas tree. You know the packaging isn't new, but you hope you'll be excited about what's inside.
Classics such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Mary Poppins" are dangerous to remake. Millions have seen the originals and are sure to make comparisons. This year's versions promise either new or more-developed characters to spark some interest.
Superhero fans certainly know Spider-Man, but the web-slinging hero has multiplied in "Into the Spider-Verse." (These Spideys aren't all "men," and one isn't even human!) DC Comics fans may have seen Aquaman cameos in two earlier movies, but this film dives deep into his underwater world.
And then there's J.K. Rowling's new movie. The first "Fantastic Beasts" had the wizardry that captivated Harry Potter fans. But its characters were either new or far removed from that saga at Hogwarts. The second film promises the return of Dumbledore. That fact alone makes "The Crimes of Grindelwald" a welcome gift for Potterheads.