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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (November, 2010)

Director: David Yates Screenplay: Steve Kloves Release Date: November 19, website 2010 Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, this Emma Watson, try Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Peter Mullan, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Rhys Ifans Based on the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling *There may be spoilers in this review for the previous movies if you have not seen them. I write this review having seen all previous movies and read the books. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One starts where every Harry Potter book and movie begins – at the end of the summer, when Harry is preparing to go back to school. This time though, it’s different. Hogwarts is no longer safe, the Ministry of Magic has been infiltrated by Death Eaters, Voldemorte is quickly gaining more power, and the world is looking very bleak in the world of muggles, wizards and witches alike. It is not safe for Harry and his friends to return to school after the death of Dumbledore and Snape now being the headmaster of Hogwarts. After the Order of […]

Movie Review: Hereafter (October 22, 2010)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Peter Morgan Release Date: October 22, link 2010 Actors: Matt Damon, online Cecile de France, ambulance Frank McLaren, George McLaren, Thierry Neuvic, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallace Howard Hereafter presents a different kind of Clint Eastwood film, in the sense that his previous films have a feeling of cynicism, and sadness, bringing about death. Hereafter are the questions of what happens after death. Hereafter brings together three characters, living in different parts of the world, touched by death in one form or another. We are first introduced to Marie Lelay (Cecile de France), who is currently on vacation in Thailand with her boyfriend and producer. In a few fateful events, with an unbelievable job of CG, the huge tsunami hits and everything is swept away in its path, including Marie. She gets knocked unconscious and has a bout with death, and what she thinks is the afterlife. In another corner of the world, we meet young brothers Marcus and Jason (George and Frank McLaren), a set of twins only separated by a mere 15 minutes. They live in a fairly sad environment, where their mom is clearly an alcoholic. Running an errand for his mom, Jason ends […]

Movie Review: How Do You Know (December, 2010)

Director: James L. Brooks Screenplay: James L. Brooks Release Date: December 17, arthritis 2010 (USA) Actors: Reese Witherspoon, tablets Paul Rudd, valeologist Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn Catching up with movie reviews this holiday season! Anyone who knows me knows that I love romantic comedies. (Though, lately, not as much.) I enjoy those Lifetime, Hallmark films with those flightly light romantic movies. Seeing the trailers for How Do You Know did not give me much hope, but I went in with cautious optimism and low expectations. Unfortunately, even with my low expectations, How Do You Know fell completely flat. With the combination of James L. Brooks, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson, one would think this powerhouse would make a successful romantic comedy, and it did neither. Add Owen Wilson, and the whole movie seems to be lost in finding its tone. Does it want to be wacky funny? Does it want to be touching funny? Reese Witherspoon plays Lisa, a star softball athlete that has been cut from the team in the new season. She’s been dating the famous baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) who is totally into himself, and is unsure of knowing whether or not […]