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Here it is guys, the epic conclusion, the final battle, The Return of The Jed…oh wait, that’s a different series. Everything you have been waiting to happen for ten years happens now. The Dark Lord gained a huge advantage at the end of Part 1, which in my opinion, could not have ended on a better cliffhanger. Alliances will be tested, battles will be fought, lives will be lost and most importantly, Neville finally gets to be a badass.

After the events of the last film, the gang are still on the hunt for the last few Horcruxes to destroy them in an attempt to kill Voldemort. They have to break into Belatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringott’s Bank. They find out that Dumbledore has a brother. They also have to break back into Hogwarts, which Snape has been ruling with an iron fist. Naturally, things come to a head. Snape’s true intentions all along are revealed and the final battle is more epic than anyone could have imagined. We even get a P.S. to see what happens to everyone on down the road.

I can’t imagine a better way for this saga to end, except for maybe one thing. I hated to see so many beloved characters die but it is essential to the narrative for things to happen the way they do. Happiness is not in abundance in these last few installments, but I feel that it makes the story more real, more personal. I loved this series so much and it has been a blast re watching all of these films and revisiting the series to do this spotlight this month. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as we did. Til next time…

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Okay Potter fans, this is the beginning of the end. There is not much happiness and joy to be found at this point in the series. Main characters are dead and the gang have been forced to grow up very quickly in light of the events of the last couple of films. At this point, youth and it’s pursuits are long gone and in it’s place are will power and determination.

Following the events of Half Blood Prince, the gang are on the run in search of Horcruxes. Hogwarts and the ministry are being taken over by those loyal to Voldemort and the gang can’t return. Their new mission brings new dangers and forces them to get creative in their search. Much like Half Blood Prince, this film ends on a really negative note for the gang with Voldemort gaining a key advantage and one of the sadest moments of the entire series.

Much like Harry, the franchise has matured so much at this point. As the films have delved into darker and more personal material, they have become more complex. The gang is almost at the end of their story and things are really only downhill from here. This is the perfect setup for the epic conclusion. Deathly Hallows is my favorite installment of the series despite the saddest loss of the series. You most definitely have to watch the other six films to really understand what is going on, but it is worth it for these last two installments if nothing else.

Til next time…

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Threads of darkness have run through the Harry Potter series since the first film. In the case of Sorcerer’s Stone and most of Chamber of Secrets though they were cleverly disguised by more light hearted fare. With Prisoner of Azkaban, the series took on a darker and more serious tone that only progressed and became more dominant through the rest of the films. The subject matter of the series has always been much more than just childrens programming but this was the film that proved it to the audiences.

It’s time for another school year at Hogwarts and it couldnt come soon enough as Harry’s home life has somehow managed to get worse. On top of that, the man held partially responsible for Harry’s parent’s deaths has escaped from Azkaban and is looking for Harry. Once the group gets settled in, weird things start to happen at the school. Dementors from Azkaban are patrolling the grounds and interfering where they shouldnt which causes its fair share of problems. Of course, there is a climax involving Sirius Black that is full of revelations. Oh, there is yet another Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and yet again, he has a big secret of his own.

This was the first film in the series where I, and undoubtedly countless others, knew that the series was really something to be taken seriously. Thats not to say that the first two films were “kid stuff” by any means, only that this film was more mature. This was the film that locked me in for the long haul. The story line of this film also delved a little more into some really deep, personal material involving Harry’s parents and the truth about their deaths.

This film introduced a few more big name actors to the series boasting Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, and Timothy Spall. This is also the first film following the death of the late, great Richard Harris having been replaced by the equally beloved Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. Long story short, this is a solid film. It sets up the darker material to come and made the series more serious to the general public. Til next time…

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I went into this film thinking there was no way it could live up to the hype. Thankfully I was wrong. If you’ve seen the trailers then you know the plot. Actors playing versions of themselves get together for a party, the rapture happens, people die and the main characters try to survive the apocalypse.

I was concerned that as funny as the trailers were they may have given away all the laughs, again I was wrong. This film hits the ground running and keeps the laughs coming for the nearly two hour race to the end. I warn you friends, if you don’t enjoy low brow humor, this is not the film for you. If you enjoy movies about drug use, masturbatory discussions and demons, then I strongly suggest you go see this film. To any of you potheads out there, this is the film to get baked and go see.

I thought the actors did a great job of poking fun at themselves and each other. I never felt that any of them were trying to one up the others and the movie really felt as if a group of friends were dealing with the end of the world in the best way they knew how. There are a lot of actors with cameos in this film but Michael Cera steals every scene he is in.

This is one of the funniest films I have watched in a while. The entire audience was laughing for the entire film and I can honestly say I have never been in a theater where that has happened. I watched this film at a free screening but would happily go back to pay and watch it again when it opens. That’s how much I enjoyed it.

I hope I’ve given you enough opinion without giving anything away. This Is The End was extremely funny and even had some “what the hell” moments. So to wrap this up, I give This Is The End a very strong: Watch It In Theaters

-D