After a dry summer, things are looking up for fall's blockbusters

By Brian M. Raftery
Updated August 02, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

You know you’re in the middle of a slow summer-movie season when ”A.I.”’s emotionally detached teddy bear is a standout. But don’t worry: We’ve seen the future (well, the movie-trailer version of it), and it looks a lot better, at least for two or three minutes at a time.

”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Nov.) Sporting the biggest specs since Dame Edna, the world’s best-selling sorcerer (Daniel Radcliffe) makes his big-screen debut in this F/X-laden promo. The gang’s owl here, including Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) and Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). But those who don’t know Gryffindors from Galleons may find the character-crammed spot confusing. B

”Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Dec.) Peter Jackson’s epic take on the first ”Lord of the Rings” book features well-tailored baddies, over-coiffed hobbits, and more pointy ears than a Nosferatu family picnic. But who cares what we think? You’re going to see it anyway. Just don’t drool too much until then. A-

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 152 minutes
  • Chris Columbus