Harry Potter, Winnie Pooh, and Other New Releases

July 15, 2011


Your wide releases:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes
Good if you want to see: the rest of that movie you started watching last November.

Winnie the Pooh
Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Starring: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and all your friends from Hundred Acre Wood.
Good if you want to see: a new, well-received Winnie the Pooh movie and a crowd consisting of at least 8% people who own denim Eeyore apparel.

Your less-wide releases:

Tabloid (limited)
Director: Errol Morris
Good if you want to see: a documentary about either a beauty queen who used her feminine wiles to save a man from a cult, or a maniac who flew to England, kidnapped a recent Mormon convert, drugged him, chained him to a bed, and raped him for a few days straight in the hope of humping the Mormon brainwashing out.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (limited)
Director: Wayne Wang
Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun
Good if you want to see: the story of two sets of BFFS--one set in 19th century China, the other in Modern Day Shanghai. That's it. It's just about really great friends.

The Undefeated (limited)
Director: Stephen K. Bannon
Good if you want to see: a 110-minute political ad to prove that it turns out Sarah Palin is really great--and, if the trailer is any indication, so many shots of money being ruined.

Salvation Boulevard (limited)
Director: George Ratliff
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly
Good if you want to see: suburban megachurch leader Pierce Brosnan framing born-again Dead Head Greg Kinner for murder. You will also see a Grateful Dead boob tattoo.

Lucky (limited)
Director: Gil Cates Jr.
Starring: Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor
Good if you want to see: a convoluted dark comedy about murder, deception, marriage, and a winning lottery ticket. Or you could forget this and just buy some real lottery tickets.

The Tree (limited)
Director: Julie Bertuccelli
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies
Good if you want to see: a family mourning the loss of the husband/father, and also a metaphor about a tree.

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