Only two big openings this weekend, about a couple of guys whose names you might know. 60 second version: Harry rules! Johnny rules! Yay movies! What, you want details? Read on.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ok, here's the thing: I can't find a bad review of this movie. Trust me, I've tried. They're probably out there, but the huge pile of praise has just forced them out of search engines the world over. Yeah, people like it. Many of them like it really a lot. Manohla Dargis, who can always be counted on to say something weird, is over the moon about Ralph Fiennes' performance as Voldemort, calling his work "the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose." Man, if that doesn't make you want to see this sucker, nothing will.
- Walk the Line: Again, almost nothing but praise. Not a surprise, really, given the raves we've beenhearing about Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for months, but there it is. Like everyone else, Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe is totally smitten by the pair: "Watching these two work their way toward marriage feels like a two-hour honeymoon." Virtually the lone negative voice in the wilderness is A. O. Scott of the New York Times, who compares the film unfavorably to Ray. Take that, Joaquin.