Weekly Movie Reviews

Heard in my weekly podcast at http://marlar.podomatic.com, provided by Marie Asner – a film critic for over  20 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet (www.PhantomTollbooth.org).

NOVEMBER 19, 2010…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I—Evil continues to wreck havoc in the continuation of the “Harry Potter” book series by J. K. Rowling. This film is the first half of the 700-page book. David Yates directs the cast of regulars (Daniel Ratcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) with Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. In this film, Lord Voltemort is gaining power and it is up to Harry Potter (Ratcliffe) to stop him. It is evil wizard against good wizard with definitely a darker tone in the storyline. Plenty of special effects. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” is rated PG 13 for violence. Rating of 3 for Potter fans.

The Next Three Days—Elizabeth Banks is married to Russell Crowe. Happy marriage, happy life, until Elizabeth is accused of murder and placed in prison. This is beginning to sound like “Conviction,“ Hilary Swank’s film. Anyway, Banks doesn’t fare well there. Russell decides to break her out of jail with a tightly knit plan. Others in the cast are Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Lennie James (“Jericho”) and Olivia Wilde. “The Next Three Days” is rated PG 13 for violence, drug material, language and themed material. Rating of 2 for Russell Crowe fans.

Made in Dagenham (opening in select cities)—The film, based on a true incident, is centered several years ago. A group of women in Dagenham, Great Britain, wanted equal pay for equal work. These were working class women when London was the “big city” to go to (about 15 miles away and literally another world) and the radio was filled with rocking music. Stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine Jones and Jaime Winstone. “Made in Dagenham” is rated R  for language and brief sensuality. No rating.

NOVEMBER 24, 2010 (Thanksgiving Day)

Burlesque is the screen debut of Christina Aquilera. Did she ever see “Showgirls?” Cher is also in the cast. You can figure out what the theme is.

Faster has Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”) in an action film about revenge. Billy Bob Thorton is also here.

Love and Other Drugs stars Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal falling in love. One of them is seriously ill. This film is part comedy, part drama.

Tangled (3 D and 2 D) is an animated film on the story of Rapunzal, trapped in a tower.

NOVEMBER 26, 2010…

The King’s Speech (opening in select cities) stars Colin Firth as King George VI who had a speech impediment. Oscar material.

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