Friday, July 17, 2009

Today's New in Theaters: 7/17/09

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Well, the reviews are overwhemingly positive for the latest Potter picture; Movieline is crazy about it ("almost too good, bearing the mixed blessiong of one audience that would have accepted far less and the curse of another audience that won't accept it being more"), as are Drew at Motion/Captured and Brian at DVD Talk. But I've never been able to get into these movies; I loathed the first one and skipped the second, and while I found much to admire in the third, I've got a feeling that had more to do with Alfonso Cuaron's impeccable direction than the material. I saw the fourth one and couldn't figure out what the hell was going on, and skipped the fifth entirely. So I read these reviews and think maybe I should give this one a shot, and then I read Ebert's piece, which ends with the note that "ordinary viewers may be excused for feeling baffled some of the time," and I know this one's not for me.

(500) Days of Summer: I've seldom seen a movie with either Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Zooey Deschanel that I haven't at least liked them in, so the idea of pairing the two of them up is pretty exciting. The twee-cute romantic indie comedy is growing a little grating (and if you don't believe me, watch the trailer for Adam), but this one looks decent, and Ebert's review is just over the moon.

That's pretty much it for this weekend; the Potter juggernaut appears to have scared off any additional mainstream competition.

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