Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

After watching Murder on the Orient Express, it’s not hard to see why murder mysteries just aren’t a thing anymore. I was cautiously optimistic to see this one, the trailer promising an old classic rejuvenated with a sleek, shiny coat of modernity. Well, as stylish and star-packed as it is, Murder On The Orient Express seems creaky and outdated from the get-go. For some reason, we don’t start the story on the train. Instead, we get…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

Are we there yet? Well, not quite. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,the big-screen adaption of the international phenomenon, is simply the sixth chapter in a now eight-part saga that, much like its young hero, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, has started to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or perhaps that’s simply my gnawing impatience. Not that the director, David Yates, doesn’t keep things moving and flying and soaring, his cameras slashing…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Darker, more hormonal, more teenage-angsty and sadly more boring, the Potter franchise is back. Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate book, but antepenultimate movie. The seventh and final volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is reportedly going to be divided into two films. But who knows? Maybe that second half will be split, and then the second half of that very second half will separate, and like characters in a lost paradox by the pre-Socratic thinker Zeno,…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an adaption from JK Rowling’s book, is horrific entertainment in its own right, claims Sukhdev Sandhu in the 2009 review. The first film adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters, was released in 2001. The fifth installment in the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released in July…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

The climactic scene in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” takes place in one of those underground caverns with a lake and an ominous gondola as the means of transportation, popularized by “The Phantom of the Opera.” At first I thought – no gondola! But then, one appeared, dripping and hulking. In another movie I might have grinned, but you know what? By that point, I actually cared. Yes, this sixth chapter is a darker,…

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Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Planet Earth is thrown into chaos when 12 mysterious, extra-terrestrial craft appear around the world. Their inhabitants want to talk, so it’s up to linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to try to decipher their mind-bending language before global panic turns into inter-species war. If you need a deeply thoughtful and impressive new take on a familiar old genre (and in this era of identikit sequels, we clearly do), then Denis Villeneuve is your…

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Arrival is deeply human, superbly realized sci-fi

Arrival is deeply human, superbly realized sci-fi

You can stop staring at the skies. They’ve arrived. Arrival movie that begin with confounding aliens on the loose have been around for awhile (at least since 1951’s “Man From Planet X” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still”) and they invariably share a family resemblance even if the space visitors themselves never look the same way twice. Where do these beings come from, baffled scientists and frightened government officials inevitably want to know. Are…

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Arrival – Amy Adams has a sublime word with visitors from outer space

Arrival – Amy Adams has a sublime word with visitors from outer space

Arthur C Clarke famously said there are just two possibilities: that we are alone in the universe, or we aren’t, and both are equally terrifying. The first terror is more challenging to put on Arrival movie, but director Denis Villeneuve brings the second to life with this wacky and audacious contact sci-fi – and makes it something other than terror. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer has adapted the novella Story of Your Life by the SF author Ted Chiang;…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

This first part of the last installment of the Harry Potter series finds Harry in immense danger as the Dark Lord seeks to end his existence. In fact, the most part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, finds Harry hiding out with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, while also trying to find the way to thwart Voldemort’s evil scheme. In the middle of the confusion, Harry, too, must try to piece together clues…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

And so we’ve now come to the end of a decade-long magical journey that may constitute the most ambitious feat of both literary and cinematic story-telling in memory, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Literarily, it all springs from the imagination of J.K. Rowling, who took what started as a children’s story and created a multi-volume tale for young and old, about the intertwined nature of good and evil, the perils and…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

You need an actor with the dramatic heft of Ralph Fiennes to deliver the four words that vile Lord Voldemort hisses here with such lip-smacking, syllable-stretching relish: “Harry. Potter. Is. Dead.” Say what? You know that’s not true. What is dead is the Harry Potter movie saga that drained Brit author J.K. Rowling’s seven bestseller novels for eight films, a global box-office take of $6.3 billion, and the Hollywood heavyweight status as the most lucrative…

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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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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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