10 movies and TV shows John is looking forward to in 2018 (Commentary)

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Here are 10 TV shows and movies I have high hopes for in the new year:

“The X-Files” (TV show, 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesdays, starting Wednesday, Fox) – OK, so I’m not as big on the mythology episodes lately (Haven’t we seen it all before?), but I do love me some Monster of the Weeks. And I won’t say no to an occasional Darin Morgan comedy hour either. With 10 episodes this time around (compared to six in 2016), there’s bound to be a good variety.

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‘Harry Potter’ at the movies: ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ (2001) (Review)

It’s been 17 years since the cinematic birth of “Harry Potter,” meaning the film series is now old enough to do something Harry, Ron and Hermione never did – graduate from Hogwarts! To celebrate this saga of nine films and counting – with a 10th (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) coming this year — let’s take a look back at what’s come so far. (And if you’d like to follow along, a marathon starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 1 on HBO, and the films are also available via HBO Go.) We start, naturally, with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001):

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‘Harry Potter’ at 20: A look back at ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (2016) (Book review)

(For the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter,” I’m looking back at the books and films of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World saga.)

2007’s “Deathly Hallows” remains the most recent novel J.K. Rowling has penned in the Wizarding World, but she has expanded the saga since with Pottermore.com writings, the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” screenplay and the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”(2016). The latter represents the most generous she has been in opening her sandbox for others to play in: Jack Thorne wrote the script based on a story by Rowling, Thorne himself and John Tiffany, who directed the U.K. premiere of the play (which will debut on Broadway in September).

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