HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
2002, Warner Bros., 161 min, USA/UK, Dir: Chris Columbus

The adventures of Harry Potter continue! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his second year at Hogwarts, despite an ominous warning from an elf named Dobby that an imminent threat awaits him. Kenneth Branagh joins the cast as the delightfully pompous Gilderoy Lockhart. With Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.


HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
2001, Warner Bros., 152 min, USA/UK, Dir: Chris Columbus

On our hero's 11th birthday, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers he is a wizard, then leaves his aunt and uncle for the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But he soon must face his deepest fear, in the form of "He Who Must Not Be Named" - !! With Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.


THE LONG GOODBYE
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 112 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Robert Altman deconstructs the private-eye genre while somehow remaining faithful to the spirit of the original Raymond Chandler novel (aided by screenwriter Leigh Brackett, who helped adapt Howard Hawks’ THE BIG SLEEP). Elliott Gould is a smart-aleck, slightly inept Philip Marlowe, a detective seemingly more concerned about feeding a cat than solving a case. He gets drawn into a labyrinth of deceptions and double crosses by friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton), a beautiful rich woman (Nina Van Pallandt) with a drunken, genius writer of a husband (Sterling Hayden in a tour de force portrayal), a quietly menacing psychiatrist (Henry Gibson) and a sociopathic gangster (Mark Rydell). Altman rips aside the slick veneer of the Southern California good life revealing the smog-drenched, corrupt underbelly like few other directors before or since.


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