Film Clips: Winnie the Pooh, The Undefeated, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and more

This weekend's openings


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  • Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 4 stars (PG-13) Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) lays siege to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Harry Potter and his pals close in on the means to overthrow the magic noseless fascist. The eighth, final and shortest of the Harry Potter films superbly blends nonstop action scenes with effective emotional grace notes that draw on the franchise’s decades-long history. Daniel Radcliffe’s intensity as Harry helps anchor the film in reality while director Daniel Yates frequently clear, uncluttered visual approach improve on J.K. Rowling’s original novel.—Holman

PROJECT NIM (PG-13) James Marsh, Oscar-winning director of Man on Wire, helms another high-wire documentary about an attempt in the 1970s to teach a chimpanzee language by raising it as a human being. Don’t expect monkey-in-the-house comedy with this one.

LE QUATTRO VOLTE (NR) An old shepherd lives out his final days in the Southernmost tip of Italy in this uneventful, essentially dialogue-free tale made for old-school art-house film fans.

WINNIE THE POOH (G) Pooh Bear worries about a shortage of honey and the absence of Christopher Robin in this return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Monty Python’s John Cleese narrates Disney’s animated throwback to the gentle whimsy of the Winnie the Pooh films from the 1960s and 1970s.

THE UNDEFEATED (PG-13) Stephen Bannon directs a documentary about former Alaskan governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who may or may not be running for president.

HEARTBEATS (NR) In this Canadian film, two friends (Monia Chokri and
Niels Schneider) develop feelings for the same man (writer/director Xavier Dolan). July 5-17. Cinefest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.

I AM A DREAM CHASER (NR) This documentary presents a behind-the-scenes perspective on show business based on profiles of photographer Derek Blanks, tattoo artist Miya Bailey, stylist Adrene Ashford, choreographer Cici Kelly and native Atlanta filmmaker Rob Hardy. Sat., July 16, 5:30 p.m. $7. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC SINGALONG (1959) The Fox Theatre encourages costumes and audience interaction in this singalong version of the classic adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. July 17. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. 404-881-2100. http://www.foxtheatre.org/.

VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE (NR) This documentary profiles how the pioneering hairstylist changed fashion and culture. On a double bill with the drama The Imperialists Are Still Alive, about a French artist making her way in Manhattan. July 18-31. Cinefest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.