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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ ‘St. Trinian’s,’ ‘No Impact Man,’ ‘Lorna’s Silence’

My plan for tonight: 1) Chinese food at Ollie’s Noodle Shop. 2) See Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on July 15) at a screening scheduled to start at 8:30pm. 3) Get out of the theater by 11:15, 11:30 at the latest, hopefully, given that the film is two and a half hours long and that the movie is unlikely to actually start before 8:40, 8:45 at the earliest. 4) Long subway ride home (including one change of trains plus either longish walk home or longish wait for a bus). 5) Sit down by 1am to write and post review, if I can keep my eyes open. 6) Geek out in preparation for my second viewing on Saturday afternoon with my geek gang — already got my ticket.

Gots me a DVD screener of St. Trinian’s (already on DVD in the U.K.; opens in the U.S. on August 28), a girls-school comedy that is apparently saucy. Nice cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Lena Heady, and others. Oo, and David Tennant’s gonna be in the sequel, and he’s playing the villain — yum — so I need to bone up on this anyway.

No Impact Man (opens in the U.S. on September 4; no U.K. release date has been announced) is a documentary about a man who decides to reduce his impact on the environment as part of the research for his book, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process (which you can preorder now: it releases on September 1 in the U.S. and October 1 in the U.K.). It works just fine, apparently, until his “espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife” is dragged into the green fray. Doh! Author/documentary subject Colin Beavan has a blog about the same topic — I hope the film is as interesting…

Lorna’s Silence (already on DVD in the U.K.; opens in the U.S. on July 31) is a pan-European production about Albanians in Belgium, mobsters and sham marriages for citizenship purposes. (Sounds like something Stephen Frears would come up with.) It won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2008.



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