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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Tuesday, January 17 2012

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.


Tuesday, May 3 2011

Summer Movie Preview: July 2011

If automatons are battling genetically altered soldiers, talking animals, extraterrestrials, and cowpokes for box office supremacy, it must be July.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 6 2011

'State of Play': Politics Now

State of Play nails how any big story leads to the collapse of ideals, not so much of truth, but of the illusion that the small compromises of human greed and aspiration are ever harmless.


Monday, November 21 2011

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' Leaves Us Forever at Platform 9 ¾

Like the lightning bolt scar etched into his skin, Harry is forever seared into our cultural zeitgeist.


Thursday, July 14 2011

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Is Awfully Literal

Deathly Hallows Part 2's most evocative moments generally have him thinking about death, not just his own, but also others'.


Monday, April 18 2011

The End Looms Near in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1'

Even when there are small moments of respite, the overall tone is one of pressure and anxiety – not typical for your average teen movie. But the Harry Potter movies have never been content to stick to one category or demographic.


Thursday, November 18 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Ever the girl in this threesome, that is, at least a step ahead of the boys in grappling with hormones and fears, Hermione is in this film, engaging, complex, and less mysterious than wonderful.


Blogs

Monday, July 18 2011

'Harry Potter' and the Race to $1 Billion

Harry Potter beat The Dark Knight. The boy wizard clobbered the contemporized Batman. Indeed, the real story would have been had Deathly Hallows flopped, not if it made a mint.


Thursday, July 14 2011

Little Battles in the Midst of a Big One: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

Over the course of ten years and eight films, it’s tempting to get misty-eyed and swept up in the fever of it all.


Friday, November 19 2010

'Harry Potter': When "Good" Should Have Been "Great!"

Like any grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows needs some significant pre-flight preparation. With Yates as pilot, however, the supposedly historic journey never gets off the ground...at least, not yet.


Monday, November 15 2010

Pottering Around

The Star Wars and Lord of the Rings film franchises are revered by millions. Harry Potter? Not so much. The question, of course, is 'why?'


Thursday, July 16 2009

'Half-Blood Prince' is First Rate Film

Thank God Harry Potter has finally grown up. With this particularly troubling episode under his belt, he's ready to take on anything.


Harry Potter, Forever! (Short Ends and Leader) [15.Jul.09]

News

Thursday, July 16 2009

Pop 20: Potter fans slow to adapt to movies

There’s a climactic scene in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” when Harry and Hermione, after discovering Ron has been using magical steroids in


Wednesday, July 11 2007

Rupert Grint is different from his 'Harry Potter' character

Sometimes an actor is so closely identified with a character that in the public's eye he practically becomes the same person. In the case of


Tuesday, July 10 2007

Daniel Radcliffe talks 'Harry Potter'

Daniel Radcliffe has spent the years most young men reserve for rebellion being not only a superior role model for the millions of children who,


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