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A look at what's new in movies, books, music, television, video games and DVDs for the weekend.


"Harry Potter" Opened Wednesday, July 11


The fifth movie in the fantasy series finds Harry trying to convince the wizard community that his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) was real. Realizing he and his classmates are ill-prepared for the coming battle with Voldemort's forces, Harry lead a rebellion against a newly appointed teacher (Imelda Staunton) who may have an agenda of her own. With Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie coltrane, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis and Emma Thompson. Directed by David Yates. Released by Warner Bros. Rated PG.

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What the critics say:

"It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best 'Harry Potter' film yet."

-Colin Bertram, New York Daily News

"Not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story."

-Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

Opening Friday, July 13


Held captive by a ruthless killer, two people must work together and search for clues if they're to escape with their lives. Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Laz Alonso, Daniel Gillies and Michael Harney. Directed by Roland Joffé. Released by After Dark Films. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"A very sorry and unthrilling piece of nastiness."

-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (U.K.)

"A sordid, incoherent copy-cat of 'Saw.'"

-Nigel Floyd, Time Out London

OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE (check local listings):


A self-loathing journalist (Steve Buscemi, who also directed) reluctantly takes the assignment to interview a popular soap opera actress (Sienna Miller), and as their meeting wears on the two get drunk and then get painfully honest with one another. Based on a film by the late Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was assassinated in 2004 by an Islamic extremist. Released by Sony Classics. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"The twisty nature of the clever script, performances and staging maintain an edgy, often humorous involvement."

-Dennis Harvey, Variety

"The least concrete and most artificial of Buscemi's films."

-Jim Ridley, The Village Voice


A drama based on the true story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), an ex-con who managed to talk his way into a disc jockey gig in the 1960s and become a sensation with his biting humor and open talk about race. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Martin Sheen. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Released by Focus Features. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"'Talk to Me' has a great subject and a great actor working in tandem, reminding audiences that once upon a time media personalities used to fight The Man, not be The Man. -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Cheadle's portrayal of a beloved D.C. DJ rockets this lively biopic to the top of the charts."

-Michael Rechstaffen, The Hollywood Reporter


"Ace in the Hole"

Billy Wilder's caustic look at the media and its appetite for tragedy stars Kirk Douglas as an energetic, amoral reporter who sees big story potential when a miner is trapped in a cave-in. With Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur and Porter Hall. Released by Criterion. Not rated. Available July 17.

"Birdman & The Galaxy Trio"

Before he became the Cartoon Network's Harvey Birdman, this winged superhero was just the good guy in a Saturday morning cartoon that aired in the 1960s. Released by Turner Home Entertaiment. Not rated. Available July 17.

"Factory Girl"

This drama is based on the true story of model and actress Edie Sedgewick, a woman from an upper-class family who left her home and sought the bohemian life in New York, eventually falling in with Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) and his crew at the famed Factory studio. Edie soon finds herself torn between her mentor Warhol and her new lover (Hayden Christensen), a musician who tells her Andy and company are simply exploiting her for their own gain. With Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon and Illeana Douglas. Directed by George Hickenlooper. Released by The Weinstein Company. Rated R. Available July 17.

"Foyle's War"

Four feature-length episodes of the British series about a detective (Michael Kitchen) whose hometown of Hastings becomes a haven for murder, intrigue and black marketeering during World War II. With Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks. Released by Acorn Media. Not rated. Available July 17.


Sandra Bullock stars in this supernatural thriller about a woman who has a premonition about the imminent death of her husband, an event she tries to stop as her newfound psychic abilities cause her world to crumble. With Julian McMahon, Amber Valletta and Nia Long. Directed by Mennan Yapo. Released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available July 17.

"Red Dawn - Special Edition"

Those old enough to remember this patriotic turkey from 1984 can revel in a new edition that has a number of bonus features, including making-of documentaries and a carnage counter that lets you see how many characters get blown away as the movie progresses. The story begins with a Soviet-Cuban invasion of America, then follows a group of high students who become unlikely guerilla fighters. Starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell and Powers Boothe. Directed by John Milius. Released by MGM. Rated PG-13. Available July 17.

"Space Ghost & Dino Boy"

Space Ghost wasn't always a Cartoon Network talk show host - he used to be an actual superhero in this cartoon that first aired in 1966. "Dino Boy," the other half of the show, was a kid who was stranded in an uncharted area of South America where dinosaurs and cavemen still lived and thrived. Released by Turner Home Entertaiment. Not rated. Available July 17.


"Ghost Recon: Advanced War Fighter 2"

Gamemaker Ubi Soft aims for more realistic combat in this shooter that puts elite soldiers in several different war zones, forcing them to cope with environmental conditions as they pursue enemies. Published by Ubi Soft for PC (title already available for Xbox 360). Rated T. Available July 17.

"NCAA Football 08"

This latest version of the college football game boasts a new feature called Leadership control that's designed to allow players to motivate their team and get them to execute big plays. Published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Rated E. Available July 17.

"NHRA Countdown to the Championship"

Create your own race driver persona and compete in 20 tracks from across the United Statesl, plus a career mode and drag racing. Published by Valuesoft for PlayStation 2 and Sony PSP. Rated E. Available July 17.

"Parappa the Rapper"

The beloved rapping dog returns, this time to the PSP format. Players help Parappa win over his true love and compete with other rap masters. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment for Sony PSP. Rated E. Available July 17.


Colbie Caillat, "Coco": The debut album from Internet sensation Caillat, who gained attention by posting her music on her MySpace page and drawing millions of hits. Released by Republic. In stores July 17.

The Chemical Brothers, "We Are the Night": The English electronica duo continues their tradition if mixing samples of old sounds with fresh material. Released by Astralwerks. In stores July 17.

Minnie Driver, Seastories": the second album from the actress-singer includes guest performers Ryan Adams and Liz Phair. Released by Zoe Records. In stores July 17.

Editors, "An End Has a Start": The English indie-rock band's second album is said to recall other such U.K. groups as Joy Division, Interpol, Echo and the Bunnymen and others. Released by Fader Label. In stores July 17.

A Fine Frenzy, "One Cell in the Sea": A debut collection of songs inspired by the works of authors C.S. Lewis, E.B. White and Lewis Carroll by young singer-songwriter Alison Sudol, aka A Fine Frenzy. Released by Virgin Records. In stores July 17.

Raul Malo, "After Hours": The second album of covers by the former Mavericks front man. Includes renditions of such classics as "Pocket of a Clown," "Cold Cold Heart" and "Take These Chains From My Heart." Released by New Door Records. In stores July 17.

Igor Stravinsky, "Stravinsky By Stravinsky": This 22-disc set (!) provides a comprehensive overview of the great composer's career. Released by Sony Classical. In stores July 17.

Suzanne Vega, "Beauty and Crime": The singer's first album in more than six years uses New York as the backdrop that ties together eleven new songs. Released by Blue Note Records. In stores July 17.


All times are EDT/PDT.

Friday, July 13

"Monk": The offbeat detective show returns for its sixth season. In the opener, Monk becomes the target of an obsessed admirer (guest star Sarah Silverman). 9 p.m., USA.

Saturday, July 14

"Supergator": Kelly McGillis and Brad Johnson star in this horror film about geologists who encounter a really, really big alligator near a volcano in Hawaii. 9 p.m., Sci Fi.

Sunday, July 15

"Mystery!": Geraldine McEwan returns for a third series of adaptations as Agatha Christie's spinsterish sleuth Miss Marple, who this time investigates a killing at a posh country estate. 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Tuesday, July 17

"The Bill Engvall Show": Engvall, best known as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, stars in this new sitcom as a family counselor. With Nancy Travis. 9 p.m., TBS.

Wednesday, July 18

"Ghost Hunters": The self-taught paranormal experts go to the Los Angeles neighborhood where Sharon Tate and four others were killed by the Manson family in 1969. 9 p.m., Sci Fi.

"Back to the Grind": A reality show in which aging TV stars work in the jobs their fictional characters once held. First up: Loni Anderson ("WKRP in Cincinnati") works at a radio station and Erik Estrada ("CHIPS") tags along with the real California Highway Patrol. 10:30 p.m., TV Land.

Thursday, July 18

"Mad Men": A new drama from Matthew Weiner (executive producer of "The Sopranos") takes place during the wilder early days of Madison Avenue, when ad executives drank, smoked and womanized on the job. 10 p.m., AMC.


James Lee Burke, "The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel ": Burke's weary, alcoholic cop Dave Robicheaux must track down two thieves who ransacked a New Orleans gangster's house in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Robicheaux must find the thieves before the gangster does, because the small-time crooks would certainly meet a gruesome end at the gangster's hands. Published by Simon & Schuster. In stores July 17.

J. M. Coetzee, "Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005": The Nobel Prize-winning author looks at some of the most important writers of the 20th century, including Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Philip Roth. Published by Penguin Group. In stores July 17.

John Saul, "Devil's Labyrinth": A troubled teen is enrolled in a strict Catholic school, where he thrives under the tutelage of a popular priest. But the priest has a sinister agenda of his own, one that involves ... SATAN. Published by Random House. In stores July 17.