Harry Potter #8 will make ridiculous amounts of money this weekend while indies and foreign offerings try to make a dent in the increasingly crowded summer box office. Here is our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II box office analysis and media coverage round-up. Check out the reviews for “clumsy” Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (co-produced by Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Murdoch), our interview with Errol Morris for his doc Tabloid, which tops indieWIRE’s weekly critic consensus. There’s also well-reviewed The Tree from France and Life, Above All from South Africa/Germany, plus Colin Hanks’ dark comedy Lucky, which has been only slightly luckier with the critics than his father’s Larry Crowne, and Sundance entry Salvation Boulevard, which is being critically slaughtered despite a stellar cast.
Reviews, pictures, trailers and details below:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Warner Bros., UK/USA | Dir: David Yates; Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes | 96% Tomatometer | 88% Metacritic | “Satisfying and Glorious Finale.”
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Fox Searchlight, CHINA/USA | Dir: Wayne Wang; Cast: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman, Archie Kao | indieWIRE | ThePlaylist’s Exclusive First Look | 30% Tomatometer | 43% Metacritic.
Salvation Boulevard, IFC/Sony Pictures Classics, USA | Dir: George Ratliff; Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris | criticWIRE C | 8% Tomatometer | 36% Metacritic
The Tree, Zeitgeist Films, FRANCE/AUS/GER/IT | Dir: Julie Bertuccelli; Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers | 74% Tomatometer | Variety: “the elemental conflict — between a little girl’s willfulness, born out of love that won’t let go of the dead, and her family’s urge to get on with the living — is expressively filmed.”
Tabloid, Sundance Selects, USA | Dir: Errol Morris | criticWIRE B+ | Eric Kohn reviews: “phenomenally surreal weird-but-true tale” | criticWIRE B+ | 84% Tomatometer | 74% Metacritic | NY Magazine: “candy for voyeurs.”
Life, Above All, Sony Pictures Classics, SOUTH AFRICA/GERMANY | Dir: Oliver Schmitz; Cast: Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Harriet Lenabe, Lerato Mvelase, Tinah Mnumzana | criticWIRE B | Sony taks Life | 91% Tomatometer | 56% Metacritic
Daylight, Cinema Purgatorio, USA | Dir: David Barker, Cast: Brian Bickerstaff, Ivan Martin, Michael Godere, Alexandra Meierhans, Aylam Orian | indieWIRE | Tomatometer | Slant: “suffers from a debilitating identity crisis.”
Lucky, Phase 4 Films, USA | Dir: Gil Cates Jr; Cast: Colin Hanks, Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret | indieWIRE | 43% Tomatometer | Slant: “Lucky, unfortunately, is terrible: overbearing, obnoxious, and boring.”