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Video Verdict: ‘Harry Potter No. 6,’ ‘Julie & Julia,’ ‘Public Enemies,’ ‘World’s Greatest Dad’

Daniel Radcliffe reprises his role as Harry Potter in the fantasy adventure film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

This week’s DVD releases include two of the better films of 2009, and they target completely different audiences.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Coraline’

Jackie Earle Haley plays the masked hero Rorschach in "Watchmen.”

Jackie Earle Haley plays the masked hero Rorschach in "Watchmen.”

This week’s batch of new DVDs is anchored by two fantasy films, each one aimed at a different audience. One is a stop-motion effort that’s spooky yet family friendly. The other is an R-rated comic book adaptation that is high minded and for adults only.

 

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It’s worth watching ‘Watchmen’

Malin Akerman, left, and Patrick Wilson play superheroes in "Watchmen."

Malin Akerman, left, and Patrick Wilson play superheroes in "Watchmen."

WATCHMEN
3 stars (out of four)
Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
162 minutes
Warner Brothers

 

“Watchmen” may be a superhero movie, but it’s got more in common with “Sin City” and “V for Vendetta” than the traditional caped crusader flick. That’s because it’s dark, gritty and built around a traditional detective story. It’s also because the movie is based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, who also penned “Vendetta.”

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Are we ready for “Watchmen”?

Malin Akerman in "Watchmen."

Malin Akerman in "Watchmen."

SAN FRANCISCO — The road to the “Watchmen” movie was long, bumpy and routed through rugged, unfamiliar territory. That it finally opened in theaters at midnight Thursday brings that road to an end. But one question still burns: Are audiences ready for an R-rated superhero spectacle that has been described by some as unfilmable?

“There are a lot of reasons, I think, why the movie didn’t get made up until now,” director Zack Snyder said during an interview last week at the WonderCon comic convention in San Francisco. “(Producer) Larry Gordon said, ‘It’s not unfilmable, it’s unfinanceable,’ which I thought was a really interesting distinction. … Culture, I hope, is ready for ‘Watchmen’ now.”

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