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Weekend Box Office: July 13-15, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tops the box office with $77.1 million

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tops Wednesday's box office with $8.4 million

Hairspray / ***1/2 (PG)
Pure fun, from the moment a roly-poly teenager named Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) bounces out of bed and serenades the neighborhood with "Good Morning, Baltimore!" Circa 1962, she dreams of getting on the local TV teen dance show, but on her way there she gets indignant about how the show is all- white except for one day a month. Based on the 1988 movie and broadway musical; still fresh. With John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Chrisopher Walken.

Sunshine / *** (R)
The sun is dying, and a desperate space mission seeks to re-ignite it. The crew finds the close quarters confining, and some of them are overwhelmed by the metaphysical aspects of the journey. Written by Ale Campbell, directed by Danny Boyle, with awesome special effects and some sinister developments on their way past Mercury. With Michelle Yeoh, Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Rose Byrne, Benedict Wong.

Interview / *** (Not rated)
Steve Buscemi is a Washington correspondent sent to interview a bimbo starlet (Sienna Miller), who quickly discovers he knows nothing about her. Their mutual loathing turns into an all-night drunkathon, in which truths may or may not be revealed. Directed by Buscemi, fascinating for the insights they bring to their characters, possibly from their own observations.

Goya's Ghosts / *** (R)
Set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Milos Forman's film interweaves stories of the Spanish artist, an innocent young girl, a priest, a merchant, and the royal court. Extraordinarily beautiful, as much a series of striking images as a linear story. Starring Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Jose Luis Gomez and Randy Quaid. Filled with blood, sex and fears.

Cashback / **1/2 (R)
Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter films) plays an all-night grocery clerk who fights boredom by freezing time and drawing some of the customers nude. Eventually he falls in love with a checkout clerk (Emilia Fox) and they share a whimsical romance. A gentle, sort of quiet film, even a date movie.

Broken English / **1/2 (PG-13)
Parker Posey stars as a Manhattan hotel concierge who has bad luck with men, and then maybe good luck. Movie starts out complex and interesting, Posey is good, and then plot bogs down in formula. With Gena Rowlands, Justin Theroux, John Hamilton, Drea de Matteo; directed by Zoe Cassavetes.

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").

Great Movie: WR -- Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
by Roger Ebert "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: Unwild about scary 'Harry'
Q. After reading your review of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," I note that you are the only critic I know of who feels that the increasing darkness of the series is a barrier, as opposed to a credit, to the series. I wonder, do you feel that a lot of critics' enthusiasm for "darkness" and "realism" in today's fantasy filmmaking is misplaced? Do you yearn for more innocence and joy in films where it is clearly an asset and not a liability? Ben McMaster, Australia A. Several critics complained about the film's gloominess, and Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: "There's a really good one-hour movie here, but you'll have to blast through 138 minutes to find it." I have nothing against darkness and realism, but the earlier Harry Potter was an adventure comedy, not an ominous descent into Voldemortism. What would the kids who love the early Potters think if they entered the series here?

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