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Best bets: 'Harry Potter' hopes for magic

The first of the two final "Potter" films hits theaters this week. Plus: Oscar favorite "The Kids Are All Right" hits DVD; female inventors get their shot at fame on "Homemade Millionaires."
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The final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was so enormous that author J.K. Rowling and filmmakers decided it had to be divided into two movies. Part 1 comes out this week — but true Potter fans have had the date memorized for months. Look for the movies to hew closer to the book storyline, since there's more time to spin out the story. And although there had been threats that the film would be in 3-D, thankfully, it was decided that the conversion couldn't be done well enough in the time allowed. Part 2, due out next summer, may still be offered in the extra dimension. (In theaters Nov. 19.)

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It's saddled with a generic title, but "The Next Three Days" has an intriguing plot. Russell Crowe plays a community-college English professor whose wife (Elizabeth Banks) is jailed for the murder of her boss. When she attempts to kill herself behind bars, Crowe's average Joe must somehow teach himself all about the criminal underworld in order to break her out of jail. (In theaters Nov. 19.)

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Who hasn't dreamed of making it rich from an original invention? "Homemade Millionaires" follows three women who all hope to sell their inventions on the Home Shopping Network. The show is from Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos' production company, and features Ripa as a coach for the women. (Premieres Nov. 19, 9 p.m., TLC)

Ready to go back to the 1980s? New comedy "Glory Daze" is set in that Day-Glo decade, and focuses on a group of friends pledging a college fraternity in Wisconsin. "Saturday Night Live" vet Tim Meadows plays a professor and Kevin Nealon and Andy Richter will be among the series' guest stars. Duuuuuude! (Premieres Nov. 16, 10 p.m., TBS.)

"The Kids Are All Right"
hits theaters in July after a January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and has constantly been talked about as a 2011 Academy Awards favorite. Now you can check out the DVD and see for yourself. Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a lesbian couple who used the same sperm donor for their two kids. When those kids grow up, they want to meet that donor (Mark Ruffalo), and problems ensue. Yes, the couple at the heart of the film is gay, but critics found a beautiful universality in the movie. Wrote A.O. Scott in The New York Times: "It is outrageously funny without ever exaggerating for comic effect, and heartbreaking with only minimal melodramatic embellishment." See it now if you want to know what everyone will be talking about when the Oscars are handed out. (Out on DVD Nov. 16.)

And you think you've had bad job interviews. In the British thriller "Exam," eight candidates for a position at a mysterious corporation are thrown together in a room and given 80 minutes to figure out what their final interview question is. Hint: It's not "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" (Out on DVD Nov. 16.)

Soccer fans, you've still got a little less four years until the next World Cup is held, this time in the home country of powerhouse Brazil. Relive the action of South Africa's tournament with the new documentary "The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Film." It's in 3-D — of course it is — so watch out for a free kick straight to your head. (Out on DVD Nov. 16.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is's movies editor.