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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

Evan Crean Evan Crean
July 13th, 2009 9:28am EDT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceWanna-be wizards must be foaming at the mouth to see the latest Harry Potter film, after its release was delayed from Thanksgiving 2008 to July 2009. Since Warner Bros. executives announced that they thought "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" would do better financially during the summer movie lull, rabid fans have waited an additional seven months to get their Potter fix.

Warner Bros. made a smart decision moving the release date back. There are only two films premiering this week: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "500 Days of Summer." "Harry Potter" faces almost no competition at the box office considering "500 Days of Summer" is a limited release movie.



The boy wizard Harry Potter is starting to grow into a young man in his sixth year at Hogwarts. As the evil Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Harry and his mentor Dumbledore desperately search for a way to defeat the villain. Researching Voldemort's past, Dumbledore recruits the help of his old friend Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes has vital information that will help them.

David Yates, the man who directed 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," returns for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Screenwriter Steve Kloves, the writer of every Potter screenplay except "Order of the Phoenix" comes back to pen this movie.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? From a personal standpoint, telling you whether or not to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is moot. I've never seen any of the previous movies, read the any of the books, nor have I had a desire to do either. If you are one of the millions obsessed with Harry Potter however, then I'm sure this film is for you.

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A greeting card writer named Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls head over heels for his new coworker Summer (Zooey Deschanel), and is devastated when she dumps him out of the blue. Trying to figure out what caused their love to become dull, Tom revisits the 500 days he spent with Summer, through flashbacks.

Music documentary director Marc Webb makes his feature length film debut with "500 Days of Summer." Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the writing team of this year's "The Pink Panther 2" also collaborates on this film.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. This independent romantic comedy doesn't seem to be a typical movie of the genre. It focuses on the breakup aspect of the relationship, which is more intriguing. I like movie relationships that are told through flashbacks, much like the 2006 film "London." The chemistry between Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks strong as well. I have been a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt since I saw him in "Brick" and I loved Zooey Deschanel in "Yes Man."




Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.