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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter movies present special hazards for a reviewer. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; the series is virtually unique in the history of popular cinema.

Summer Hours

I first saw Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. I said that I was unimpressed with it, but noted that the festival’s hectic pace sometimes prevents smaller films of quality from having the effect on the viewer they might have in more contemplative conditions.

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