for July 17 DVDs

    Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts by finding a book that promises to reveal much more about evil Lord Voldemort.  All the usual characters are back..
  • 1. PUSH:

    Dakota Fanning stars in a more grown-up role than we are used to in this very unusual film about people with “special abilities.”  We have all seen Heroes and the like, so there are no real surprises, but the way the location shooting and the lack of high-tech special effects kicks in at every turn makes us feel that this is something different.  Of course, in the end, it’s not that different, but the Hong Kong locations give it an unusual look.  Rated 14A.


    Based loosely on an actual case, this is the story of a family that moves into an old, mysterious house that is available at an amazingly low rent.  They need to be closer to the place where their eldest son can go for his chemo, but it never occurs to anyone to ask why the rent is so low.  It’s because the house used to be a funeral home where horrible things happened to the dead and the nearly dead … and the teenage son who is the cancer patient here, gets the flavour of what happened in the house because he is closer to the land of the dead than the land of the living.  Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas star.  Rated 14A.  

  • 3. CHE – PART ONE:

    Benicio Del Toro stars as Ernesto “Che” Guevera, the Latin revolutionary who travelled the length of South American (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) before ending up in Cuba and fighting the Batista regime along with Fidel Castro.  At three hours, part one is a little too self-indulgent … unless you are Cuban.  Rated 14A.

  • 4. PUSH:

    I choose this one because of Dakota Fanning who is almost grown up … worth the price of admission for her performance alone!
THE HAUNTING (1963):   
Based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” this one was a classic chiller in its day.  Russ Tamblyn and Julie Harris co-star … the house was not a set, but a real house, with a real cemetery in the back … a place where Russ Tamblyn used to walk between takes … until he had the ‘yell” scared out of him.

    Sacha Baron Cohen is back after Borat, with another odd-lot portrayal …this time as an Austrian fashionista who takes America by … well, by swish, not by storm.  Not my cup of plasma for sure.

    This is another hormone-driven teen film about the high school nerd who tries to get the hottest girl in school.  Okay if you’re 15.

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