New this Week: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘Brazil (BD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Winnie the Pooh – Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese

Movie of the Week

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
The Plot: The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise. Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue in their quest to find and destroy the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes
The Buzz: We’ve been following these spell-casters around now for just over a decade, and it’s hard to believe that their journey is coming to a close. It’s been interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up on screen. I’ve personally found these films to be more and more palatable as the kids have moved on through the years, and have therefore found each film in the series to be better than the last. I hope this final installment continues that trend, and I imagine such will be the case.

There’s no room for competition this coming weekend. Winnie the Pooh? What are they thinking releasing that on the same day? Perhaps it’s true, perhaps this Potter film will be too dark for young children? I dunno though, still seems daft to release a film on the same day as the final Potter film. Heck, even Transformers: Dark of the Moon will bow down before Potter.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

Brazil (BD) – Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro
Brother’s Justice (BD/DVD) – Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau
Damnation Alley (BD/DVD)– Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda
Insidious (BD/DVD) – Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
The Lincoln Lawyer (BD/DVD) – Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe
Miral (BD/DVD)– Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe
Naked [Criterion] (BD) – David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge
[Rec]2 (BD) – Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra
The Sweet Life (BD) – Kamal Ahmed, Noora Albright, Victoria Alexander
Waking Madison (BD/DVD) – Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Roemer, Will Patton

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

Brazil

The Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro
The Plot: A bureaucrat (Pryce) in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
The Buzz: FinallyTerry Gilliam’s twice nominated quasi-sci-fi Brazil has come to Blu-ray. This 1985 film is at both modern and antiquated, both ahead of its time and gloriously dated — with stunning visuals as projected through the lens of late 70’s/early 80’s filmmaking.

Gilliam has brought us many such visions (Time BanditsThe Adventures of Baron MunchausenThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) but this one is arguably his best offering. Quirky, romantic, creepy, political, dreamlike and funny, are words that come to mind here. The film’s cast is phenomenal, featuring performances by Charles McKeown, Jim Broadbent, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Bob Hoskins, and Robert De Niro.

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