Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

When a story is split into two separate films for no higher purpose than to bilk the movie-going (and dvd-purchasing) public out of their hard-earned cash, it becomes irrelevant how well written or produced it is. This decision is the fundamental, unifying problem that ultimately betrays the film.
Rating: 2.0 starsHoopla Factor: 2.0 stars

If the alternative was a three hour, frenzied adaptation of the entire book, then I suppose this was the better option, but you can be certain that once the DVDs of both parts come out people will simply watch them back to back, anyway.
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Timing, they say, is everything, and yet it is unfortunately rare to see a film so wonderfully conducted as this one. Waititi allows his film a gently comic introduction that adroitly establishes time, place and milieu, before swiftly and surely introducing the crises that Boy must overcome, and then deftly pulling everything together to end in just 87 minutes.
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The Ghost Writer

That Cattrall’s accent is so bad and no-one seems to have realised during production is astonishing, and one wonders why Polanski didn’t just throw in the towel and hire a British actress to play this British character.
Rating: 3.0 starsHoopla Factor: 3.0 stars

In the long run, however, The Ghost Writer is a little disappointing. The mystery is so well crafted, the pieces of information scattered along the way so tantalising, that the end result is a bit of a letdown.
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