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Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 14, 2011 at 5:29AM

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.
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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."

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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."

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Media, Exhibition, Summer, Sequel, Independents, Drama, Documentaries, Books, Trailers, Critics, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.