Tag Archives: Daniel Radcliffe

Trainwreck

ALL ABOARD.  Twentysomething Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer), who wouldn’t dream of having a relationship, is assigned to write an article on a sports doctor (Bill Hader). Comedian Schumer’s first movie script is a treat in the hands of Judd Apatow who’s shown a knack for creating films that are funny, heartfelt and has roles for … Continue reading Trainwreck

Now You See Me 2

REAPPEARING JUNE 10. The members of the Horsemen are still in hiding, but when they’re assigned a new case by the secret society of magicians that they’re now part of, everything changes. I have no idea why anyone would ask for a sequel to a rather anonymous heist thriller in the first place, but here … Continue reading Now You See Me 2

The Woman in Black

WHAT DID THEY SEE? In the early 1900s, young widower Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent by his employer to an English village where he’s to handle the paperwork regarding the sale of a large manor – that might just be haunted. Radcliffe’s first challenge after the Harry Potter movies is an old-fashioned, engaging ghost … Continue reading The Woman in Black

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

DARK SECRETS REVEALED. When Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for another year, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) wants his help in trying to learn what a new teacher knows about Voldemort. Director David Yates made the previous film as well, but this sixth chapter feels like more of the same without the passion and tension that … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

THE REBELLION BEGINS. As the new leadership of Hogwarts turns increasingly fascist, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is angry to learn that few people are willing to believe that he did meet Voldemort. Many critics loved the fourth movie, but number five is even more engaging, as the Order of the Phoenix and Hogwart’s students prepare to … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

DARK AND DIFFICULT TIMES LIE AHEAD. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is forced to participate in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament, something that will leave him face to face with Voldemort. That’s right, this fourth installment finally introduces us to the supremely evil arch-enemy, deliciously played by Ralph Fiennes. This chapter also deals with typical, moderately amusing teenage … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

LET THE MAGIC BEGIN. I don’t know what idiot decided that American readers would be too stupid to understand J.K. Rowling’s original title for her hugely popular novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Anyone with the slightest interest in alchemy knows what a philosopher’s stone is, but what the heck is a sorcerer’s stone? … Continue reading Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his third year at Hogwarts, authorities are looking for a convict who could be hiding somewhere near the school. The third entry in the series introduces a visually creative director, and it shows. There’s a certain edge but it’s all getting a bit repetitious by … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Tailor of Panama

IN A PLACE THIS TREACHEROUS, WHAT A GOOD SPY NEEDS IS A SPY OF HIS OWN. An espionage drama set in Panama after Noriega’s fall, with locations that some may find more exciting than the story itself. Still, the tale of a disgraced, British agent called Andrew Osnard (Pierce Brosnan) who is punished with a … Continue reading The Tailor of Panama

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

SOMETHING EVIL HAS RETURNED TO HOGWARTS! Summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to Hogwarts where the apprentice wizards find out that the Chamber of Secrets threatens to destroy the school. This dark sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came a year later and the two movies are pretty similar. Boastful professor Gilderoy … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets