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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first film, of the two-part finale.  Luckily, producers and directors decided to split this film into two segments.  With a whopping two and a half hour runtime, you could imagine how long the film would be if Part 1 and Part 2 were molded into one.  He!!, there would have to be an intermission like in Gone with the Wind or My Fair Lady.      

Part 1 wraps up with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) escaping Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) dark forces.  Throughout the course of the film, the trio brave treacherous conditions and evil foes in search of the remaining pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  The group must find and acquire the pieces before Voldemort, if they are going to prevent him from becoming immortal.  The only issue; when Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) passed he did not leave instructions as to what the remaining pieces were, their whereabouts or means of destroying the items.  Yeah, that may pose a slight problem.

Part 1 is an entertaining film that stays true to the book.  There are times when the movie seems a bit sluggish but, overall, fans will be pleased.  A word of advice to moviegoers: skip the large soft drink unless you have a big bladder.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Reel Sh!t team has gone uptown. We have a graphic to illustrate our ratings. Brown is sh!tty and white is unshi!tty. So, this one gets two rolls of toilet paper out of five. Yeah, that would make Dumbledore proud.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 & THE NEXT THREE DAYS

The holidays are right around the corner.  Leave it up to the Harry Potter franchise to get an early start.  The latest Harry Potter film hits theaters today and will not only dominate the box office this weekend, but for weeks to come.  We feel that asking moviegoers which film they are interested in seeing would be a waste of time.  Although The Next Three Days looks enticing, The Reel Sh!t team is well aware that all the Potter freaks will be in full-force this weekend.  Spellbinding!    

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – The first film, of the two-part finale, stops short just shy of the battle scene.  Our brave heroes Harry, Ron and Hermione search for the remaining pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  It’s a race against time as the dark forces begin to multiply.  Failure is not an option for this trio.  If they are unable to locate the scattered pieces of the Dark Lord’s soul, Voldemort’s immortality may pose a slight problem.

The Next Three Days – Russell Crowe stars in this crime-related-drama about a husband’s undying devotion to prove his wife’s innocence.  His wife, played by Elizabeth Banks, is unjustly charged with murder.  Convinced and determined to set matters straight, Crowe’s character will stop at nothing to get his wife out of prison.  But, when the last appeal is rejected this father/husband will devise his own daring escape to break his wife out of prison.

New Releases: Disney’s A Christmas Carol, The Last Airbender & The Kids Are All Right

The holiday season is just around the corner.  Leave it to Disney to get an early start.  Disney’s A Christmas Carol is available on DVD and Blu-ray today along with several other interesting flicks.  So, whether you’re in the mood for a family friendly film, an action/adventure or a dramedy (drama and comedy combined) there’s something for everyone.  Just remember, ’tis the season to be jolly.  Try to refrain from words like “Bah” and “Humbug”!  Scrooges are not appreciated.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol – Jim Carrey brings this childhood classic to life.  In this animated version, Carrey voices Ebenezer Scrooge and a handful of other characters.  Scrooge, a bitterly ruthless individual, places his wants and needs above everyone else.  On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.  Their message is simple: change or face the harsh reality of dying a lonely, old man.

The Last Airbender – Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this film is an action adventure about the elements: earth, fire, air and water.  Each element inhabits a sector of the world, and all regions are governed by the Avatar.  The Avatar is the only being that possesses all four elements.  When Avatar Aang (Noah Ringer) disappears the Fire Nation capitalizes upon the opportunity to take over the world.  What has become of Avatar Aang, and how long will war ensue?  Avatar Aang was caught underneath ice.  When two individuals from the Southern Water Tribe unearth this young boy, they discover that their last chance for peace lies with him.  Let the battle begin!

The Kids Are All RightSiblings Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) were conceived by artificial insemination.  Raised by two mothers, Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), the children start to wonder how it would feel to have a father-figure in their lives.  Out of curiosity, they decide to track down their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo).  Joni and Laser introduce Paul to their parents, who are shocked that something like this would ever happen.  Hesitant at first, Jules and Nic realize that Paul may be good for the family.  Life is a game of give and take.  Paul is what the kids needed but, more importantly, the family that never existed until recently is exactly what he needed, too.

WHIP IT – Whip it real good!

Here are some words of advice: bend over, bite the bullet and prepare for Whip It.

As kinky as it may sound, the Bald Guy loves this movie.  Hmmm … could it have something to do with hot chicks fighting in little or no clothing?  Or, could it be the fact that Juliette Lewis still looks amazing after all these years (course she is only 37)? We caught this movie on DVD recently and decided to put it up for our Reel Sh!t fans, to see what you think.

In all honestly, the title of this movie is very deceiving.  Although Whip It sounds like it might be, umm, affiliated with the adult-film industry, we assure you this film is nowhere near that category.  In fact, Whip It is a fun, upbeat comedy about a women’s roller derby team.

Drew Barrymore directs and stars. She plays Smashley Simpson, a foul-mouth, aggressive member of the Hurl Scouts.  Her role mirrors that of Dylan Sanders in the Charlie’s Angels series.  The Hurl Scouts, a cr@ppy roller derby team, catch the attention of 17-year-old Bliss (Ellen Page).  Intrigued by the sport, Bliss, behind her parents back, tries out for the team and makes the cut.  For once in her life she has found something that she is not only passionate but excels at.

At the core of Whip It is a story about family, friends, first love, and a girl’s struggle to find her place in life.  What audience members will struggle with is keeping a straight-face with SNL comedians Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon.  This lively duo cracks the whip!

SPECIAL NOTE: The Reel Sh!t team has gone uptown. We have a graphic to illustrate our ratings. Brown is sh!tty and white is unshi!tty. So, this one gets two rolls of toilet paper out of five. Yeah, that’s a mighty fine whip.

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SKYLINE & UNSTOPPABLE

Happy Friday, movie fans!  There are a couple of interesting thrillers hitting theaters today.  The cast in Skyline race to save humanity from world-dominating aliens.  In Unstoppable, two men must stop a train containing combustible chemicals from derailing before time runs out.  The clock’s ticking.  Which movie will you watch this weekend?

Skyline – This sci-fi, extraterrestrial thriller makes E.T. look like a saint.  Los Angeles is being targeted by a creature unknown to man.  An unusual light force lures humans out into the open before they disappear into the night’s sky.  These alien invaders have one purpose: to destroy the entire human population.  Whatever happened to peace and coexisting?  Apparently that’s out of the question. 

Unstoppable – Tony Scott is well-known for directing action-crime-thrillers.  His titles include Man on Fire and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, both of which feature Denzel Washington.  This movie is no exception.  Washington, accompanied by actor Chris Pine, must stop an out-of-control, runaway train that’s housing chemicals.  The chemicals onboard have the force to destroy an entire city.  The duo must think fast if they want to prevent the train from derailing and avoid a terrible disaster.

The Reel Sh!t List: Best movies about war

War is hell. War is deadly. War is saddening. Ask any veteran today about war, and you’re likely to hear these words. The Reel Sh!t team today honors our veterans, our heroes, with a list of the best movies about war.

Saving Private Ryan

We Were Soldiers

Gardens of Stone

Apocalypse Now

Platoon

Born on the Fourth of July

Black Hawk Down

The Hurt Locker

The Longest Day

Glory

The Reel Sh!t List: It’s criminal the way these families behave

As family month continues, The Reel Sh!t team offers another list of movies for your consideration — our favorite movies about crime families:

The Grifters

The Godfather

The Godfather, Part II

Bonnie and Clyde

Goodfellas

Pulp Fiction

Scarface

The Krays