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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray Review: A Crime Itself

David Yates's second venture into the Harry Potter prequel series is a dull, tedious effort.
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Maybe five films is a bit too much to look at everything in the pre-Harry Potter universe. Or, maybe it’s not enough. It depends on how you view it. There’s quite a bit of information unloaded on the viewer in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald that it feels like there should be 10 movies just to explore everything J.K. Rowling has in mind. But there’s also this feeling, after sitting through The Crimes of Grindelwald, of how much of a chore it will be to get through the already-planned three future films. Picking up where Fantastic Beasts and Where

The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection is the Pick of the Week

I can't wait to watch these films with my daughter.
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I'm a child of the '80s therefore I am a Star Wars man. As a kid, I watched the original trilogy a million times, I collected all the toy figures, playing cards, etc., and in my imagination I played out the saga of Luke Skywalker over and over and over again. I was in college when they released the special editions of the original trilogy and I was first in line to see them. Ditto the prequels, nearly wetting myself at their very announcement. As an adult film-lover, I recognize that as a series the films don't really hold up

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the Pick of the Week

The end comes to the fantasy-film franchise.
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I came to the Harry Potter universe a little late. I didn't see the first movie until the fourth one came out and didn't start reading the books until the sixth one was released. Honestly the first two films didn't really do anything for me. They were cute enough, and they remained fairly faithful to the books, but for someone just stepping into the universe they weren't able to capture my imagination fully and make me understand the massive appeal the stories had. Still, I bought the books for my wife and took them up for something to do. Pretty
Hooray for Harry Potter! Once again, and for the last time, the creators of the Harry Potter series have put together an entertaining and uplifting movie. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 does not disappoint. It's been ten years since the first Harry Potter movie, and on looking back, I can't remember ever walking out of a single one and thinking that I was shortchanged. This is especially true of the Deathly Hallows Part 2. A very satisfying finale to a great run. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 are perhaps the darkest of

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Review: The Empire Strikes Back of the Harry Potter Series

Arguably the best adaptation of the series up to this point.
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As the film begins, the Death Eaters rampage has spilled over into the Muggle world while forces appear coming to a head in the wizard world. Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) collects Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) before the semester has begun to help coax former professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to return to Hogwarts. Dumbledore believes Slughorn, a former teacher of Tom Riddle before he became Lord Voldemort, may have some insight into the Dark Lord's magical powers, and that Harry is the key to getting Slughorn to open up. Narcissa Malfoy goes to see Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), requesting his assistance

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review

Harry, Ron, and Hermione deal with the external forces working for Lord Voldemort and the internal ones associated with growing up.
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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is the fourth film of the series based on the fourth book of the same name by J.K. Rowling and finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) in their fourth year at Hogwarts. It's another enjoyable installment as the film strikes a good balance as the characters not only deal with the external forces working with the evil wizard Lord Voldemort but also the internal ones associated with growing up. Goblet opens with Voldemort, a tiny misshapen creature at this point, growing in strength, which Harry sees in a

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Review: Why So Sirius?

Plenty of characterization and plot developments keep the viewer's interest.
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It is year three for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends at Hogwarts School and the big news as the year begins is that Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped Azkaban Prison. We first see Sirius as a screaming madman on the headlines of the paper. He was put in prison years ago when he was charged with assisting You-Know-Who in the murder of Harry's parents, and it's assumed he's headed to Hogwarts to find Harry. Knowing that someone is out to murder you is a lot for any teenager to take, but the trauma is compounded when Harry learns

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Review: Mysteries and a Riddle

Though frequently derided as the least favorite film in the franchise, it does contain some magic.
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As Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins, life has slightly improved for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at the Dursley residence. He's moved from the cupboard under the stairs into a room, but his Aunt Petunia (Fiona Shaw) and Uncle Vernon (Richard Griffiths), who are raising the boy because his parents are deceased, are still very rude towards him. Dobby the house elf (voiced by Toby Jones) has come to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts, but when Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and his brothers Fred and George (James and Oliver Phelps) show up one night in a flying

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Review: Darker Times for the Boy Wizard

The intensity of the storylines correspond with the maturation of the Hogwarts students.
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The movie opens on a late summer day with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) hanging aimlessly around a neighborhood playground. Soon he is approached by cousin Dudley (Harry Melling) with his posse and some bitter taunts are exchanged. Harry loses his temper and draws his wand. But before he can actually use it, the skies darken and the wind whirls about. Naturally, Dudley thinks that Harry is the cause of the sudden weather disturbance. Harry denies it but the point becomes moot as the storm intensifies and the two run for home. And the story continues at a gallop. Dementors attack Harry

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Review: The Magic Begins

Year One at Hogwarts is a true celebration of magic.
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The start of any series of films is problematic at best. If you're Star Trek - you're seeking to recapture and continue some of the magic of the television show with the same cast. If you're X-Men or Batman or Spider-Man - you're capitalizing on decades of comic continuity that may make it hard historically to last beyond three or four films with the same cast. If it's Jurassic Park or Pirates Of The Caribbean or The Matrix - you don't necessarily know you are launching a series until the runaway success of your film makes it a neccesity. But

Game Review: Scene It? - Harry Potter 2nd Edition

Discontinued fun for the whole family.
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Screenlife's Scene It? is the first classic game of the 21st century. It combines aspects of Trivial Pursuit with the capabilities of a DVD technology to show video clips and feature an array of puzzles. Their first release in 2002 dealt with movies and sold more in its first year than the combined first-year totals than Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, and Cranium. Expansion games were created dealing with other pop-culture subjects both generally (Music, Sports, and TV, the latter of which won the Toy Industry Association's 2005 Game of the Year) and specifically (Disney, James Bond, and Marvel Comics). Quite possibly

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: The Beginning of the End

It's always darkest before the dawn.
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As the last chapter of the Harry Potter saga commences, the evil Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) control over the Wizarding world has grown after the death of Dumbledore. His Death Eaters are searching for Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) because his death is required to restore Voldemort to his full power. Unfortunately, the numbers of those fighting for good are dwindling. Harry can't stand being responsible for the loss of any more life, and with his best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), they head off in search of the remaining Horcruxes, which contain portions of Voldemort's soul, in order

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