Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday July 10, 2009! Amidst the blockbusters of summer this week we have an impressive selection of historically centred limited releases.
In limited release this week we have three films to explore all with an element of the real. Starting with The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow and is a war-set thriller that is finally hitting theatres after its successful festival run. Next up we have the biopic Il Divo based on Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Finally we get a fashion fix with Valentino: The Last Emperor, a documentary on the Italian fashion designer... you guessed it, Valentino.
In wide release this week we have two selections for Friday releases with Brüno starring the one and only Sacha Baron Cohen and the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper starring Paul Rudd and Hayden Panettiere (Claire from "Heroes").
But the big release of the week is in true summer style a Wednesday release (July 15, 2009) of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Originally slated to release in November 2008, it was bumped to 2009 as of last summer but finally we get to see the 6th J.K. Rowling book brought to life. Other than Star Trek this is my most anticipated film of the year and to celebrate it's release I re-watched and reviewed the first five films of the series in a Harry Potter Countdown! There are some midnight screenings on Tuesday July 14th if you need to be the first to see it, but if you want to see it in IMAX or 3D IMAX you are in for a wait - it won't hit IMAX screens until Wednesday July 29, 2009.
Have a great weekend!
Friday July 10, 2009 Releases
Dir: Larry Charles (Religulous, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan)
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Dir: Chris Columbus (
Cast: Hayden Panettiere,
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Writer/Dir: Paolo Sorrentino (L'amico di famiglia / The Family Friend)
Cast: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Graziosi, Giulio Bosetti
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of July 15, 2009**