Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
(D: David Yates, 138 min)
July is officially Harry Potter Month. In two weeks, Potter fans are going to be blearily reading the concluding tome in J.K. Rowling 's epic cycle. No doubt they'll already have seen Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix , the fifth instalment in the $3.5 billion film franchise. Expect more dastardly doings by Lord Voldemort ( Ralph Fiennes , last seen joining the mile-high club offscreen) and the addition of the deplorable Defence Against the Dark Arts instructor Dolores Umbridge (Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton ). Somebody dies, but of course it won't be Daniel Radcliffe , who's made headlines recently starring starkers in a West End production of Equus.
License To Wed
(D: Ken Kwapis, 100 min) Director Ken Kwapis's last film was the chick flick (junior division) tearjerker Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, starring a pre-Ugly Betty America Ferrara. (It's a good guilty-pleasure renter.) Now, just in time for wedding season, he gives us License To Wed , about a young couple taking a marriage prep course taught by outrageous minister Robin Williams . The trailers focus on Williams and his zany off-the-cuff jokes. The couple are played by Mandy Moore , who has yet to star in a film worthy of her talents, and John Krasinski , from the U.S. version of The Office.
License opens Friday (July 6) and Harry Potter opens Wednesday (July 11). Screened after press time - see reviews at www.nowtoronto.com/film.