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Friday
Jul152011

Final 'Harry Potter' Film, 'Winnie the Pooh' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: In the eighth and final film in the hit series based on the J.K. Rowling books, Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter, Rupert Grint's Ron, and Emma Watson's Hermione prepare for battle against Lord Voldemort during a mission to destroy the villain's Horcruxes, which provide him with immortality.  Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Winnie the Pooh: The honey-loving bear and his animal pals search for their human friend Christopher Robin, mistakenly believing that he's been kidnapped.  The first Pooh feature film from Disney in over 35 years features the voices of Jim Cummings and Craig Ferguson.  Rated PG.

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Thursday
Jul142011

Movie Review: ‘Winnie the Pooh’

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An animated children's movie with no flatulence, no gross-out jokes, that doesn't speak down to kids and is in 2-D? That can't possibly work ... unless it's Winnie the Pooh.  This adorable Disney film features Pooh and all of his familiar friends who generations of kids have come to love, including Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo and, of course, Christopher Robin.
 
This version features a warm and intelligent narration from Monty Python legend John Cleese. In several scenes, Cleese interacts with the characters, most notably Pooh, such as when the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff is "so distracted by his rumbly tummy, that he didn't notice he was walking onto the next paragraph." Pooh hears Cleese and asks, "What is a paragraph?" Cleese replies, "It's a group of sentences that form a complete thought," Pooh asks, "Is there honey in this paragraph?" When Cleese kindly answers, "Oh, sorry, Pooh. No," our hero declares, "Well, then, I don't find it very useful." Perhaps the text doesn't do it justice but the innocence and humor of that scene is consistent throughout the film.
 
You also will thoroughly enjoy how a ridiculous misinterpretation of a note left by Christopher Robin leads the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood on a witch hunt for a monster called a "Backson." The Backson inspires one of the movie's best numbers, a song you may find yourself singing with your children for years to come.
 
And speaking of singing, it was a master stroke getting actress and singer Zooey Deschanel to contribute to the soundtrack. Deschanel's voice, like the 2-D animation, is a throwback to earlier films and contributes to Winnie the Pooh's warm, authentic feel.
 
Two words best describe this Winnie the Pooh: adorable and classic.

Four out of five stars.

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