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Weekend Box Office: July 13-15, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tops the box office with an estimated $77.4 million

Daily Box Office: Sunday, July 15, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tops Sunday's box office with an estimated $22.6 million

Rescue Dawn / ***1/2 (PG-13)
Director Werner Herzog offers a fictionalized version of his 1997 documentary, "Little Dieter Needs to Fly." Itís not an action-oriented war movie, but a sobering journey into the heart of darkness.

Talk to Me / ***1/2 (R)
Don Cheadle in a high-energy performance as the real-life Petey Greene, an ex-con who talked his way onto the air. He became Washington deejay who helped transform African-American radio, and rose to a historic moment. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays his program manager, Martin Sheen is the flummoxed station owner, Taraji P. Henson is his force-of-nature girl friend, and Vondie Curtis Hall and Cedric the Entertainer play competing deejays. Exciting, funny, moving biopic directed by Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou").

July 13, 2007 / * ()
Joshua
Introducing the Dwights
Election/Triad Election
Macbeth, Time (Shi Gan), Hula Girls (Hula Garu)


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / **1/2 (PG-13)
Harry is convinced the evil Voldemort has returned, not no one will heed his warning, and the ministry of Magic cracks down, imposing a fearsome new teacher (Imelda Staunton) at Hogwarts. Her name is Umbridge, and she takes plenty. Harry and friends hatch a plot to defend Headmaster Dumbledore from her ravages, in a movie that is darker, more solemn, less whimsical than we expect in the series.

Great Movie: 'WR -- Mysteries of the Organism' (1971)
"When I started making films, sex and humor were considered as very serious matters -- even high treason." Dusan Makavejev is remembering the uproar over his "WR -- Mysteries of the Organism" (1971), a film of sex and comedy that had a mixed reaction: best director at the 1971 Chicago festival, around-the-clock screenings at Cannes, an uproar in New York by followers of Wilhelm Reich, banned in Yugoslavia and at the Venice Film Festival, denounced as pornographic, irresponsible, anti-Soviet, anti-American, anti-cinema.

Movie Answer Man: The good, the bad, & the robotic
Q. I noticed that several times you referred to the good Transformers as "Transformers" and not as Autobots. In the movie, Optimus Prime tells Sam that he can call his group the Autobots for short. Both the Decepticons and the Autobots are Transformers and of the same race, but over time, as Optimus describes it, a struggle for power ensued and peace was shattered. I just wanted to clear this up for you. Dustin Letkeman, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan A. Thanks for clearing that up. What is Autobots short for? Automobile Robots? Robots made of autos? That leads to this question: When Megatron came from space and landed at the North Pole, circa 1900, what was he made from, since he wasn't from Earth and automobiles were presumably unavailable on his home planet? A-ha. I have the answer right here. "Automobiles were reverse-engineered from Transformer technology," according to film sage Peter Debruge, who pays close attention to these things. "That All Spark contains the potential to turn all modern devices back into killer robots (such as the Mountain Dew vending machine we see in the final showdown)." Yes, of course.

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