Get Spellbound with 'Harry Potter,' 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' in Our Film Roundup

Get Spellbound with 'Harry Potter,' 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' in Our Film Roundup
Weekdays tend to be exhausting, always having to run errands, make appointments and work. So by the time Friday rolls around, it's an opportunity to kick up one's heels and have fun. If you're looking to escape from your weekly stresses then why not head to your local theatre and take in a new film, geared to help you do just that. If you're unsure of what to spend your money on then take a look at our Recently Reviewed section to get an idea of which films will be worth your while.

For the diehard fans of a certain set of novels, this weekend will no doubt see a few tears shed as the final instalment in the Harry Potter series hits theatres. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (pictured) will be the last time we step into the wizarding world of the "boy who lived," as we prepare for the final showdown between Potter and his nemesis Lord Voldemort. For many, the story's conclusion will not be a surprise but will the visual treatment provide the respect that the end of the series deserves?

If the former proves to be too intense for your tastes, or perhaps you'd prefer to take your whole family to the cinema, then you may want to check out Winnie the Pooh. Using the hand-drawn animations style that first brought the lovable forest-dwelling characters to life, the story follows the adventures of the "hunny"-loving title character. Winnie is reunited with his band of familiar friends, including Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, but how does the film compare to its competitors in the genre?

Or perhaps you'd enjoy something more grounded in reality, in which case you can travel to South Africa in Life Above All to experience the struggle against disease and poverty through the eyes of a tenacious 12-year-old girl. A Better Life, on the other hand, deals with a hardworking, immigrant parent's struggle to ensure a good future for his son who is tempted by a dangerous lifestyle.

And last, but certainly not least, director Wayne Wang offers up his visual interpretation of Lisa See's novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Centred on the strength of the friendship between two females and their way of coping with the strict social norms imposed on them in 19th century and present day Shanghai.

Read the full write-ups on these films and more in the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.