Amazing Grace

Wilber shocks the entire House of Commons by pointing in public.

See? Sometimes we do get limited release films around here. At least I think this one’s still only in limited release. I’m not sure about that sort of thing anymore. But the theatre was packed. Just as the previews started, every person over sixty-five in the greater metropolitan area showed up, and they took forever to settle down.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II

The kids are all right. I miss the beaded bag of holding, though.

So yeah, everyone who was ever in a Harry Potter flick is back, basically, unless the character was killed off, and sometimes even then. I think I got all the important people in the tags, at least, though I’m still working on why Helena Bonham Carter managed such high billing when she hardly says a word, and half the time, when she does, it’s when she’s really Hermione. They use that disguise potion again, which is no surprise. The only surprising thing is that not everyone uses it all the time.
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The King’s Speech

Bertie eyes that evil microphone warily.

Being the King of England isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. No, seriously. Michael Gambon (Book of Eli) as George V sums it up nicely when he tells his younger son, the Duke of York (Colin Firth) that they’ve been reduced to actors. We’re used to that these days, but back in the 1930’s, people still remembered a time when being royal meant that you could levy taxes and declare wars — if not all by yourself, at least without too much trouble from Parliaments and Prime Ministers.

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