Splitting ‘Hallows’ may have saved Harry Potter series
Kate Fleetwood, Daniel Radcliffe and Steffan Rhodri star in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
2010, David Yates, U.S./U.K., PG-13
- New films
The following movies opened Friday, Nov. 26:
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard.
Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi.
The plot: Rapunzel, a princess with 70 feet of magical, golden
hair, has been locked away for years in a tower high above her
kingdom. Desperate to be free, she strikes a deal with Flynn Rider,
a handsome bandit who chooses her tower as a hide-out spot.
Genre: Animation, comedy.
Director: Steve Antin.
Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera.
The plot: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds
her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
Genre: Drama, musical.
- Film Roundup
★★★ (out of four)
From “The A-Team” to “Salt,” the season’s films have highlighted
the inability of most directors to creatively and effectively
document movement on screen. The nuances of kinetics appear to be
completely lost on these people, to the extent that their action
sequences are not only unimpressive — they’re genuinely
confounding, largely due to hyper-stylized editing and overly busy
When I say that “Red” represents a cast in search of a movie,
you may take it as a harsh criticism. And, certainly, it is an
issue when the power of your cast absolutely dwarfs anything your
film could possibly have to offer in terms of plot or dialogue or
visual appeal. However, in the rare case of a movie like “Red,”
such shortcomings take on less significance. See, “Red” is almost
exclusively concerned with how its characters — and, by extension,
the stars themselves — interact with one another. More pointedly,
it’s all about the feel-good vibe of cooperation and camaraderie
that steadily builds between this cast of characters, even if most
of them do happen to be retired assassins.
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2010 4:26 pm
Finally got rid of the last nagging symptoms of my
several-weeks-long illness, so I’m back in full form and doing my
very best to catch up on the rest of the year’s offerings in
preparation for my year-end Top 10 list. Still got a ways to go
(with about a dozen more promising movies yet to open), but
progress is ongoing and can be tracked via my film log on http://www.lodinews.com/blogs/battle_royale/">Battle
Coming up next week, expect a look at Dwayne Johnson’s hard-R
revenge-themed action flick “Faster.” After that, your guess is as
good as mine. That’s when the highly anticipated limited releases
will start rolling out, and I’ll try to get to them as they open.
Weeks in which no major awards-season picture opens, I’ll fall back
on whatever looks to be the most enjoyable of the wide releases.
Kind of a loose format for the next few weeks due to the lack of a
concrete release schedule, but bear with me.
Friday, November 26, 2010 4:26 pm.