Thursday, July 16, 2009


Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, David Thewlis and Jim Broadbent

Story: Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again (Warner Bros).

Rated: PG

Bottom line: It’s a bit long and we could have been left with a little more to hold on to in the end but HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is still a dark, visually stunning, entertaining, well acted and directed piece of pop-culture literary cinema that ranks as one of the better installments in the series and delivers pretty much what we Muggles have come to expect from this thriving franchise…and I can’t believe I just used the term ‘Muggles’ - oh my gosh I’m a dork.

Coraline A
Watchmen D+

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