NEW IN THEATRES: Boy Wizard and Boy in Love

This is probably the best weekend for movies in a long time. This summer’s finest Indie film that I have seen so far, as well as one of the best blockbusters both get their release. Movie goers will have plenty to choose from this weekend.

Here are the Film Misery picks of the week:

500daysposter1) (500) Days of Summer (27 theatres)

Directed By: Marc Webb

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | Metacritic: 74

Synopsis: “This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair.” — From Yahoo! Movies

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Here is a quote from my review:

About once every summer an Indie film comes along that captures an audiences attention and gets out of its inner city art houses and expands with critical and commercial success. Past examples of this include movies like Once, Little Miss Sunshine, and Napoleon Dynamite. This summer, that movie will be Sundance sensation (500) Days of Summer.

(500) Days of Summer is a movie that everyone can get behind. It’s a light piece of summer entertainment, but free of fluff. The movie is creative, but it doesn’t feel completely original. Instead it feels like those romantic comedies that we have seen over and over finally done right. It has a non-linear narrative, but it never loses focus. Most of all, it’s just plain fun.

harrypotter6poster2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (4,325 theatres)

Directed By: David Yates

Rotten Tomatoes: 86% | Metacritic: 80

Synopsis: “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…” — From Yahoo! Movies

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Here is a quote from my review:

The long wait is over and the students of Hogwarts are back and more grown-up than ever in the latest installment of the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It has been two full years since the last film from the franchise, Order of the Phoenix, was released in the summer of 2007 and the wait has been less than easy for die hard Potter fans. However, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince delivers more than enough to satiate any Muggle-born moviegoer.

The last three in the book series (and last four in the film series) have been entrusted to director David Yates, who handles the films with an excellent blend of darkness and humor. His latest addition picks up right where Order of the Phoenix left off, with the same tones of impending doom looming over every frame of the film. This Potter feels like the most mature of the Potter films in many ways – particularly in the coming of age challenges and the more grown-up sense of humor. For Potter fans like myself, it feels comforting that after three previous directors, the franchise seems to have finally found consistency.

What movie(s) will you be seeing this weekend?

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