Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Who doesn’t love a good dragon and the one Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has to deal with this time around is a ripper. With two nozzles in its throat shooting out twin jets of fire – talk about attention to detail – the fight starts in a rocky pit and ends atop a castle tower. As Harry hangs on for dear life the dragon gingerly feels for purchase across the unstable tiles of a severely sloping…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the series adapted from the books by JK Rowling, is concise, rousing and frequently moving. The end of the Harry Potter saga, like getting kids out of a swimming pool or troops out of Afghanistan, has been an exhausting business. With JK Rowling’s final volume having been sliced in two, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was long, sombre and often…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 – Dark, Gloomy and Full of Shadows

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 – Dark, Gloomy and Full of Shadows

After seven earlier films reaching back a decade, the Harry Potter saga comes to a solid and satisfying conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The finale brings up enough awe and solemnity to serve as a fine finale and a dramatic contrast to the lighthearted (relative) purity of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” all those mystical years ago. Harry, Hermione and Ron are grown up now, and Harry has even…

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An Overview Of That’s My Boy

An Overview Of That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler portrays a former reality TV star while Andy Samberg plays his son in the comedy directed by Sean Anders. By now a well-recognized brand unto themselves, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company represent a firmly entrenched comedy formula that can claim a global fan base prepared to follow wherever the laughs may lead. With a bucketful of wedding-related stunts to pull in the date crowd, the guffaw-to-gag percentage is quite respectable, even…

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Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat. Just as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn’t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let’s face it: Baywatch was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Threats are unraveling upon Hogwarts

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Threats are unraveling upon Hogwarts

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the fifth movie in the series, begins, as most of the others have, with a spot of unpleasantness at the Dursleys, and ends with Harry facing down Lord Voldemort. The climactic duel between the young brave wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and the Dark Lord (Ralph Fiennes) foreshadows the final, perhaps fatal battle we all suspect is coming in Book Seven. Anticipation of that event may be stealing some thunder…

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