Critics painted “Crimes of Grindelwald” as having “glimmers of the magic” from the original “Harry Potter” films, but not being quite as enchanting as its predecessors. That sentiment was also felt by fans, who balked at several canon-altering plot points and a “hollow and disconnected” story.

With more than 288 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, “Crimes of Grindelwald” has a 37 percent approval rating from critics — lowest of any movie in the franchise so far.

For comparison, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” has an approval score of 90 percent and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” scored a 96 percent.

Alfonso Cuaron, who went on to win an Oscar for directing “Gravity,” directed “Prisoner of Azkaban,” while David Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films in the original series. Yates also directed “Fantastic Beasts,” and “Crimes of Grindelwald.” He will direct the remaining three films in this new series.

The impending remake of the 1984 film “Dune,” based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, has made headlines recently as more A-list celebrity stars announce their affiliation with the project.

Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars”), Josh Brolin (“Avengers: Infinity War”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), Dave Bautista (“Avengers: Infinity War”), Javier Bardem (“Loving Pablo”) and Stellan Skarsgard (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) have all signed on to play characters in the reboot.

“Dune,” a political drama at heart, is set millennia in the future where life in the universe is dependent upon a rare spice found only on one planet. The story follows Paul Atreides, who is set to be played by Chalemet in the new iteration, as he discovers secrets about himself and the planet Arrakis, informally called Dune.

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