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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Miles goes to the movies Miles goes to the movies (June 16, 2004)

By Miles McMullin
8th Grade, St. Joseph's School

Summertime is here, and that means lots of new movies. There are so many that I decided to go see several: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Raising Helen," "Mean Girls" and "Shrek 2."

Of these, my favorite is "Harry Potter." The magic and special effects of the evil Dementors (prison guards) were astounding. The Dementors looked like ghosts and their spirits seemed so real. I actually got scared and started to sweat when I was watching them. This movie is good for any age and I would recommend it to anyone. Take your brother or sister to see it.

A movie that does not have the most intriguing title, but, boy does it rock, is "Raising Helen," starring an A+ actress, Kate Hudson. The movie puts the audience in a realistic situation: How the three leading kids, whose parents die, begin to cope with their new foster mom. It put a different perspective on life for me. It made me realize how lucky I am and how life could be worse.

"Mean Girls" is mainly for teenagers, especially girls, although it can be a look-back for adults on their high school years. Starring Lindsay Lohan of "Freaky Friday," the movie is true to life, showing the harsh reality of cliques in high school. The lead character learns to live with girls being girls, and boys, of course, being boys. What I mean is that the girls talk about each other and the boys act stupid. "Mean Girls" is about girls striving for attention, by putting the "me" back in mean.

Last is "Shrek 2." The hilarious, original "Shrek" is my favorite movie. So, sad to say, "Shrek 2" is no "Shrek." Nevertheless, it's still a great flick and worth seeing. It's a laugh-out-loud hit with a fairy-tale ending, and it answers the questions asked at the end of the original.

So, there you have it, folks. Next time you have a couple hours, go see one of these films. They are Oscar-worthy.

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