July 23, 2011
A Better Life This emotionally resonant story of an undocumented worker in Los Angeles and his struggle to impart the values of heart, hard work, and self-reliance to his rebellious teenage son is sparked by Demian Bichir's stunning performance. PG-13 Project Nim James Marsh's compassionate documentary about the chimpanzee variously loved, exploited, and serially abandoned by caregivers and scientists. PG-13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 After 10 years, eight films, and four directors, a fitting and emotional send-off to the idealistic boy wizard who avenges the death of his parents.
July 22, 2011 |
Kids can boogie the afternoon away at Loews Hotel Philadelphia when the Baby Loves Disco 12-city Super Heroes Tour comes to town Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit public school classrooms. From 2 to 5 p.m., Superhero DJ Fire-traxx and MC Mr. Marc will keep kids dancing as they spin disco grooves. Baby Loves Disco cofounder and choreographer Heather Murphy will teach superhero dances. Children can have a luxuriate at the party, receiving manicures, pedicures, mini-makeovers, fun hairdos, and massages.
July 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates with a record-setting magic act at both the domestic and international box office. Warner Bros. estimates that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to yesterday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros., for 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight. " Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the previous best international debut of $260.4 million set in May by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
July 18, 2011 |
To the surprise of no one not turned to stone by a basilisk, the final film installment of the Harry Potter series has done mega-magic at the box office. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 racked up a domestic gate of $168.6 million from Friday to Sunday, according to distributor Warner Bros. That beat the record $158.4 million set in 2008 by the Batman film, The Dark Knight , also from Warner Bros. The film is the eighth and last in the series based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.
July 16, 2011 |
Ashlee McClease hadn't slept in hours. Listen to her rapid-fire speech - jumping among sadness, euphoria, and nostalgia - and it was clear she had been anxious. "I've been crying for days," she said Friday afternoon. "I'm just shaking. " Why all the anxiety? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, naturally - the long-awaited, bittersweet, and final installment in a colossal series. It burst onto screens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, earning a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight premieres and $2 million on IMAX screens after selling out in advance on Fandango at an unprecedented 6,000 theaters.
July 15, 2011
Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson has reviewed all 8 Harry Potter films, awarding them grades as high as A ("Deathly Hollows Part Two") and as low as B- ("The Order of the Phoenix"). Here are excerpts from a decade of Potter punditry: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001): B "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is loyal and faithful and true, and if movies were dogs, this would be best in show. The $125 million production doesn't preserve everything from J.K. Rowling's beloved book, but it preserves an impressive amount, so much that its legions of devoted young readers will scarcely experience a bump or jolt along the way. . . . What fans of the "Harry Potter" books love is the encounter with a work of inspiration, one that produces its own kind of magic.
July 15, 2011 |
For each year in her life, 13-year-old Amy Danoff has read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone twice. "My mom started reading me Harry Potter when the first book came out. I was like 3," Danoff explained excitedly as she waited outside United Artists Riverview Stadium in South Philly for Thursday's much-anticipated midnight premiere of the series' final film. "I've read the first book 26 times. " Danoff and her friend Leah Kramer, also 13, donned their Harry Potter gear and convinced Danoff's father, Theo, to accompany them to the premiere.
July 14, 2011 |
Ten years. Eight films. Four directors. It's official: Against all odds, Harry Potter is as stirring a film saga as Lord of the Rings . In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the final bow of the boy wizard, his boon friends, and his formidable enemies, director David Yates (who helmed films five through eight) chooses to touch audiences rather than wow them. The finale is a potion that induces euphoria, tinged with melancholy. By now, Daniel Radcliffe's owl-eyed stare, Emma Watson's nostril-flaring incantations, and Rupert Grint's slack-jawed swagger are as familiar as our own kids' facial expressions.
July 10, 2011 |
Friday marks the end of an era. Some, like Warner Bros. executive Dan Fellman, compare its finality to the breakup of the Beatles. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the eighth and presumably final film based on the phenom that has sold 450 million books and close to a billion movie tickets, opens this week in theaters from Lahore to Los Angeles, it will be twilight in the Potterverse. No more pajama-clad kids lining up at midnight to buy the new Harry volume.