Are movies more important than life? Are women magic? These two questions, repeatedly posed in François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), often seem to be at the heart of French cinema, especially in a big batch of recent DVD releases.
Badly dubbed dialogue and exaggerated acting make martial-arts movies unintentionally funny (to Westerners, at least). But in Kung Fu Hustle (Sony; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••½, Extras •••• ), director Stephen Chow sets out to grab laughs by mining the genre's clichés.
Early in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there's a big special-effects scene that finds some Death Eaters causing havoc in London. Does this sixth movie in the series fully open up the story to the world of Muggles? No: We are swiftly returned to Hogwarts School.