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This weekend, movie theaters across the country will be packed. Not only is a Disney favorite on big screen, but the final installment of Harry Potter will have muggles and wizards alike fighting for seats.
The time has arrived. Harry Potter is coming to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. The last chapter in the series has Harry, Ron, and Hermione returning to Hogwarts as they continue their mission to destroy the final horcruxes. Harry’s life is on the line as he faces Lord Voldemort in an epic battle between good and evil. The PG-13 fantasy adventure is playing in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters. It runs for two hours and five minutes.
Disney’s “silly old bear” Winnie the Pooh is making his way into theaters for the first time. In the film, the lovable bear and his pals, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore, end up on a day long search. The adventure begins when Pooh wakes up hungry and finds out he has no more honey. Not long after that, Eeyore’s tail goes missing. Then a note from Christopher Robin is found and has the gang thinking he is kidnapped. They spend the rest of the day trying to save their friend. The one hour and nine minute animation is rated G.
Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Jim Gaffigan star in Salvation Boulevard. The film is based on Larry Beinhart’s book with the same title, in which a former Grateful Dead follower named Carl (Kinnear) joins an evangelical community in western America. After seeing the preacher (Brosnon) accidentally shoot an atheist, he becomes a target for his followers who will do anything to protect their leader. The unrated, comedic thriller is available in limited theaters. It plays for one hour and thirty-six minutes.
An 8-year-old girl believes that her dead father was reincarnated to protect her and her mother in The Tree. The girl thinks that her dad talks to her through the leaves of her favorite tree and climbs it to talk to her father. After the tree starts to affect the plumbing in the house, her mother hires a man to get rid of the roots. The girl becomes too connected to the tree and gets upset when she finds out that her mother is now dating the man that was helping cut the tree. The unrated drama is one hour and forty minutes long. It’s playing in limited theaters.
Based on the novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan takes a look at the bond between female friends in different generations. In 19th century China, two little girls turn to each other to deal with life’s problems. In modern day Shanghai, the struggles of life threaten to tear two close friends apart. The two hour drama is rated PG-13 and is available in limited theaters.
Sarah Palin’s rise in political status is the focus of the film, The Undefeated. The documentary tells the story few know about the former Alaskan governor, from her time as a commercial fishing boat worker to her vice presidential candidacy. The unrated biopic is playing in limited theaters throughout the country. It runs for two hours.
Filmmaker Errol Morris tells the story behind 1977’s Miss Wyoming, Joyce McKinney, in the documentary, Tabloid. The smart beauty queen went to jail for kidnapping, chaining, and raping a Mormon missionary who she claimed was the love of her life. The one hour and twenty-eight minute, limited released film is rated R for sex and nudity.
Colin Hanks, Ann-Margaret, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ari Graynor star in Lucky. In the one hour and forty-three minute comedy, a serial killer wins the Iowa lottery and tries to win over his crush. The money doesn’t buy him happiness because his penchant for killing people gets in the way of their relationship. The film is playing in N.Y. and L.A. theaters. It’s rated R for language, violence, and sexuality.
Life, Above All is also only playing in N.Y. and L.A. The PG-13 drama is inspired by Allan Stratton’s novel, Chanda’s Secrets, where a young girl struggles with the rumors that face her family amidst the death of her father and baby sister. The film runs for one hour and forty minutes.
In Girlfriend, a young man with Down Syndrome comes into money and gives it to the woman he has a crush on. Since she is in financial trouble and dealing with an abusive ex-boyfriend, she continues to accept the funds. When her ex finds out about the situation, the three become entangled in a web of lies, deceit, and revenge. The one hour and thirty-four minute, unrated drama is only playing in N.Y.
Harry Potter watchers should keep their 3D glasses handy. Next week’s new superhero release, Captain America: The First Avenger, is also available in 3D. Another film hitting theaters on July 22 is Friends with Benefits, a relationship comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.