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Running Time:
2 hours, 37 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This might be the best Harry Potter movie so far, but it's also the darkest.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; "Triwizard Tournament Challenges" -- Dragon, Lake, and Maze; "To the Graveyard and Back Challenge"; EA game demo; magical trading cards; Hogwarts timeline; several making-of featurettes; behind-the-scenes looks at "Harry vs. the Horntail: The First Task," "In Too Deep: The Second Task," and "The Maze: The Third Task"; "Meet the Champions"; "He Who Must Not Be Named"; "Preparing for the Yule Ball"; interviews with castmembers Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson; theatrical trailer.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is having bad dreams about his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort. He’s also suffering, along with his two best pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), the pangs of first love as only a 14-year-old can, with that all-consuming mixture of excitement and embarrassment. That’s where the story keeps its focus. It seems that Hogwarts is hosting a tri-wizarding contest designed to foster international understanding and friendship with foreign schools. In this case, it’s one from France, all devastatingly lovely girls, and one from Bulgaria, all devastatingly macho boys. Competitors, one chosen from each school, are strictly volunteers who are at least 17, and who toss their names into a goblet in order to enter. The goblet does the choosing, but for reasons that never made clear, it chooses four, the fourth being Harry. Since, according to the rules of the games enforced by Hogwarts’ master, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), the goblet has the final say, Harry has no choice but to compete, even though the dangers are real and could possibly be even fatal. As usual it's the supporting cast that makes these films so wondrous. Particularly Alan Rickman as professor Snape, oozing malevolence and a bone-chilling sense of his own superiority in this chapter. Brendan Gleeson as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor is weirdly eccentric and more than a little edgy with a gigantic magical eye that seems to have a life of its own and a face that bespeaks an unspeakable tragedy. Miranda Richardson plays a bubble-headed reporter who never lets facts or common decency get in the way of a scoop. There is one short scene with Tim Roth as Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black and that's only as a special effect in a fireplace. British director Mike Newell's tough-minded dark take on the series may lack the playfulness that Alfonso Cuaron brought to the last Harry Potter film, but he certainly keeps it moving along at a fast clip, although it runs ver 2 and a half hours, but he succeeds in keeping the magic alive and, most importantly, whetting the audience’s appetite for more Harry Potter adventures to come.

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