New movies this week
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The gist: Apparently, there was some series about a kid who joins the high school basketball team in order to get drafted by the Washington Wizards but gets into an argument with the city rivals' coach because he told the kid's parents they can't run the carpool anymore. Or something. It took them two-dozen movies to tell that story? PG-13
The cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon.
The buzz: Even if the critics didn't like this series finale — which they did — it would still make a mint. "The Harry Potter films, like the boy wizard himself, have had their creative ups and downs, so it's especially satisfying that this final film, ungainly title and all, has been worth the wait," the L.A. Times says.
Winnie the Pooh
The gist: For those of you who don't want your teeny children sitting through a full-blown wizarding war between Harry and Voldemort, there's this retread of the Hundred Acre Wood posse. Ah, remember 2D animation? G
The cast: Voices of Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates, Bud Luckey and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
The buzz: Hey, these are classic characters for a reason. "It's nice to see that Disney wants to introduce tykes to the magic of going to the movies with family fare this gentle and warm," the Orlando Sentinel says. Because Tiggers are wonderful things!
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]