New movies: ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’


Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Warwick Davis as Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” (PG-13) “Eight movies into the decade-long series, an outsider might wonder: Where's the joy in ‘Harry Potter?’ Where's the fun? They're there, but couched in weighty millennial struggles between Good and Evil. And by now, such questions are clearly beside the point in a franchise, based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels, that has uncannily tapped into the mood of its age, growing up along with a generation that watched the Twin Towers come down on September 11 the same year the first movie came out.” — Ann Hornaday

Winnie the Pooh” (G) “Disney’s new take on the adorable honey-loving ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is a memorable return to the Hundred Acre Wood and a lively, interactive adventure that should delight everyone from wide-eyed preschoolers to nostalgic grandparents.” — Sandie Angulo Chen

A Better Life” (PG-13) “Early Oscar list-makers, please write down this name: Demian Bichir. Bichir... delivers one of the most powerful performances of the year in ‘A Better Life,’ Chris Weitz’s engrossing, unassuming drama about an undocumented Mexican worker in contemporary Los Angeles.” — Ann Hornaday

Terri” (R) “We all know by now that high school tortures sensitive outsiders, but, together with screenwriter Patrick deWitt, director [Azazel] Jacobs finds brand-new ways to bring that experience to life, with an abundance of wit and compassion.” — Ann Hornaday

Tabloid” (R) “[Joyce] McKinney is, deservedly, [Errol] Morris’s star. But his true subject is the slippery nature of “facts,” and the way our fixation with scandal and gossip distorts the very lens with which we pry into the private lives of others.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Crime After Crime” (Unrated) “Some movies prove so eye-opening that a viewer may feel the urge to recount the story, start to finish, to friends and acquaintances. ‘Crime After Crime’ is that kind of film.” — Stephanie Merry

Beats Rhymes and Life” The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” (R) “The lines are drawn early on in ‘Beats,’ which is surprisingly tense and combative given the overwhelmingly positive and playful music in the band’s catalogue. But that makes what could have been a sappy, fanboy loveletter a compelling look at the group’s inner workings.” — David Malitz

The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Unrated) “The costumes, featuring an array of wide-lapeled print shirts, are ugly. The special effects — which include an obvious latex bald wig on [David] Bowie when he’s in his E.T. mode, and an alien craft that looks like a yellow stucco toolshed — are laughable. And the gaps in continuity and sluggish, self-indulgent pacing are probably why the movie was cut in the first place.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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