This weekend, we see two of the most successful franchises hit the big screen—one that is less than 15 years old back for the last time and one that has been around for almost a century.
Even if you are not a fan of Harry Potter, you have to admire the success of the movies. To make eight hugely popular and critically acclaimed movies in 10 years is certainly an amazing accomplishment and the combined box office of the first seven have out-grossed the 22 James Bond films (not adjusted for inflation).
True to form, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is getting mostly good to great reviews from critics which the fans do not care about as they would go to watch it no matter what. There are plenty of showtimes and it is presented in both 3D and 2D at the Grand 10, 2D only at the Paramount Theatre and 3D only at the Capitol Theatre.
If you want to avoid the crowds, your best bet is to check out a matinee. Go to www.landmarkcinemas.ca to choose the time that suits you best.
The first collection of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories was published in 1926 and even before Disney licensed the rights in 1961, it was a multi-million dollar franchise. Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions for theatres and television. The latest is simply titled Winnie the Pooh and is inspired by five of Milne’s original stories, reuniting Pooh with Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore on an adventure that begins with the philosophical bear looking for some “hunny” and ends with Owl sending the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit.
The movie not only returns to the original stories, but marks a now rare return to traditional animation that is not in 3D.
The Canadian premiere of the locally filmed Pressed at the Paramount Theatre is quickly approaching. The red carpet event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 with the film starting at 8 p.m. In attendance will be cast members Michael Eklund, Tyler Johnson and Jeffrey Ballard and director Justin Donnelly.
Tickets are available now at the Paramount.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.