March 13, 2014
Ralph Fiennes' 10 Best Movies
A veteran of stage and screen, Fiennes has amassed an admirably eclectic filmography since making his breakthrough with Schindler's List in 1993, and while we did draw the line at minor cameo roles (sorry, The Hurt Locker), we think you'll find a lot to love. Let's Total Recall, Fiennes style
September 4, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection Arrives
There is one big release on home video this week that sort of outshines the others, so even though there are some new films that are coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, we thought it best to lead with the rather impressive Harry Potter set. With that said, we've also got a new set for a different blockbuster juggernaut, a new Buster Keaton movie in hi-def, and a few new releases, so click through for the full list!
March 27, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Lily Collins
Lily Collins was born into fame -- her dad, Phil, could bang a drum and write a hit tune or two -- but she found her own way into an acting career, performing in stage productions as a kid before working as a teenage Hollywood reporter and scoring small roles in movies like The Blind Side. This week she steps into the limelight as the star of Mirror Mirror, director Tarsem's visually energetic remix of the Snow White fairytale -- the first, and likely funniest, of this year's adaptations of the classic story. We sat down with the English-born Collins recently in her adopted home of Los Angeles, where she talked about the movie, working with Tarsem and her thoughts on Kristen Stewart's not-really-a-rival take on Snow. First up, she talked us through her five favorite films.
February 1, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Daniel Radcliffe
"It's actually a thrill to be talking about something else," Daniel Radcliffe chuckles, pausing to consider a question about his new movie The Woman in Black. He is, of course, referring to the ubiquitous presence of a certain blockbuster franchise that has consumed almost half of his life on the planet. Radcliffe was just an untested 11-year-old when cast as the eponymous hero of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone way back in 2001; now, having triumphantly wrapped the series with last year's Deathly Hallows, he's a seasoned 22 and ready to spirit himself into the realm that lies beyond Hogwarts. Audiences will have their chance to see Radcliffe's transformation (and marvel at his dashing new accoutrements) when The Woman in Black opens in theaters this week. In the meantime, we asked him to talk through his all-time five favorite films.
November 8, 2011
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Harry Potter's Final Chapter Arrives
There are a lot of Blu-ray reissues due out this week, though few of them boast many extras that make them worth mentioning here. These include hi-def versions of The Cannonball Run, Blue Velvet, 1962's Mutiny on the Bounty, Little Big Man, The Fisher King, and, of course, the cult classic Frankenhooker. What we do have this week ranges from epic greatness (the final chapter of the Harry Potter series, an Ingmar Bergman classic, two acclaimed HBO miniseries) to middling mediocrity (the Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds body swap movie, a failed Ayn Rand adaptation). In between all of that, we have one curious experiment that sort of defies conventional cinematic definition. So read on for the full list!
November 4, 2011
Harry Potter's Final Countdown
$7.7 billion in gross.
All from the vision of one woman.
As the film saga of Harry Potter comes to a close with the home release of Deathly Hallows - Part II, we gather all of his adventures together for a Tomatometer-sorted countdown. And share your wizardly memories and thoughts in the comments!
July 18, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Harry Potter Breaks Weekend Records
This weekend, box office records of all kinds were demolished by the wildly anticipated franchise closer Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which generated the biggest opening in Hollywood history. The eighth and final chapter in the decade-long fantasy series opened to an eye-popping $168.6M from North America, according to estimates, plus an additional $307M from overseas markets which began running the film on Wednesday leading to a scorching worldwide launch of $475.6M. All three figures broke the all-time records beating The Dark Knight's $158.4M domestic opening weekend in July 2008, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' $260.4M international bow this past May, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's $394M global debut in July 2009.
July 14, 2011
Critics Consensus: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got the conclusion to one of the most popular cinematic franchises ever (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson), and we revisit Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh, with voice work from Jim Cummings and Craig Ferguson). What do the critics have to say? How do you conclude one of cinema's most beloved franchises? With a bang. Critics say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is the perfect send-off to a series that's enchanted millions: it's viscerally thrilling, visually majestic, and poignantly acted -- especially so because we've watched Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow up on the big screen.
July 14, 2011
Total Recall: Harry Potter Movies
After 10 years and several billion dollars, the Harry Potter film franchise is finally drawing to a close this week with the eighth installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. With the kind of deafening buzz that goes with being one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year -- not to mention almost universally positive early reviews from critics -- the final Potter is the undisputed film of the week, so when it came time to put together this week's Total Recall, we knew what we had to do. While you're counting down the hours to the big premiere, join us for a look back at some of the critical highlights from one of the most successful franchises of all time!
July 7, 2011
Counting Down the Pottermeter
It's taken a decade of our lives -- and more than $6 billion from our worldwide pockets -- but now, after seven films, a supernova of merchandising, and gainful employment for the entire British acting profession, "It All Ends" for the Harry Potter series; as those pithy poster taglines very succinctly declare. Since 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone took on the massive task of adapting the still-running, phenomenally successful book series, we've watched Harry, Ron and Hermione literally grow up on screen before our eyes, from wide-eyed young performers to seasoned franchise veterans. The films, too, have grown in storytelling polish and emotional sophistication throughout the series -- though the highest-rated (but curiously lowest-grossing) entry remains 2004's Prisoner of Azkaban, each of the seven Potter films to date have earned themselves the distinction of being Certified Fresh at RT -- a rare feat for any franchise, let along one with so many installments. So, as the final chapter prepares to close on the adventures of the boy wizard, how will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II compare with its predecessors? Take a look through our rundown below of the films so far, and weigh in with your thoughts.
January 18, 2011
The Sequels of 2011
The year in film just wouldn't be complete without sequels, and 2011 will play host to more than a few. Film.com breaks them down.
October 5, 2009
Exclusive: Helen McCrory Updates on Harry Potter 7
Poor Narcissa Malfoy. If it wasn't bad enough that she had to stand by as her son, Draco, was charged with the task of murdering Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, during the course of Deathly Hallows she'll see her home used as Voldemort's headquarters and her family placed under house arrest. For Helen McCrory, the actress charged with bringing her to life on the big screen, though, the seventh and final part of the franchise -- split into two movies -- will be as exciting as anything that has come before. Talking exclusively to Rotten Tomatoes from the set of her new film, Noel Clarke's 220.127.116.11, she said that her work on Deathly Hallows was going well and promised an epic finale for Potter fans.
July 17, 2009
David Heyman Talks Harry Potter
Producer David Heyman knows more than pretty much anybody when it comes to what viewers can expect from the final two installments in the "Harry Potter" franchise -- and he shared some of that knowledge in a new interview with Collider.