The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) – Film Review

New Moon (2009)THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON has to be the most anticipated film of the year, at least by high-school girls. I’ve read the Stephanie Meyer books on which this film and its predecessor, TWILIGHT, were based, and thought they told a great story. The first film, however, left me disappointed:TWILIGHT was not gritty enough, and the actors were not capable of expressing the deep emotions of the characters. The result was nice and charming but could have been much more. As a mother of a teenage daughter, there was no way NEW MOON was going to pass me by, and in any case, I hoped it’d be an improvement. Sadly it lacks even the charm of TWILIGHT, but that’s not to say it’s all bad.
I should start by saying that Pattinson is the most bizarre choice to play Edward! This is supposed to be the most gorgeous man imaginable – too beautiful to be human – and yet Pattinson, who looks fine from the front, has a profile that is stomach-churningly weird! (I have a feeling I’ll be getting hate mail for this!)
As a horror fan, I would prefer these films with a real element of danger in them; they could have – and should have – been at least a little bit scary. Instead, the filmmakers choose to focus almost entirely on the relationship between Bella and Edward, with the ‘vampire thing’ being the modern day version of dating a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. So what we have in New Moon is the second in a series of romances.
Edward is scared for Bella’s safety, knowing that so much as a paper cut has a certain member of his family licking his/her lips. So, with his usual pained expression, he tells Bella ‘This is the last time you’ll ever see me.’ Whilst we know this promise can’t possibly be true, there is a long period of screentime when I almost began to miss that weird looking vampire!
Initially distraught, Bella spends months crying in her room (this kind of obsession is unhealthy – and teenage girls need to know this!). Her father is worried, and threatens to send her home to her mother; Bella wants to stay in Forks, should Edward have a change of heart (although why Edward is so attracted to this clumsy, awkward girl, with no personality, remains a mystery!).
To appease her father Bella makes an effort to hang out with her mates, in particular Jacob. Realising that when she puts herself in danger, she sees crystal clear images of Edward acting like her guardian angel, Bella begins to put herself at risk, pulling increasingly dangerous stunts. Edward, believing one of these stunts has led to the demise of his beautiful Bella, goes insane with sorrow and rushes off on a suicide mission to Italy to reveal himself. The Volturi – the Godfathers of the vampire world – will kill him if he reveals himself for what he is. Bella and Alice are hot on his heels, but can they reach him in time?
Bella’s life has been further complicated by Jacob: he clearly adores Bella, and she definitely has feelings for him. While Edward is absent, Bella is tempted by Jacob; though I found their relationship unconvincing, I’m not surprised she would be interested: he’s beautiful, honest and reliable. Of course Jacob is no ordinary teenager, and it’s not just that he has a body hot enough to make the entire audience gasp the minute they see him – no, he’s a werewolf! Sworn to protect his turf from vampires, but torn because of his love for Bella and her love for Edward!
Man, this is complicated stuff; unfortunately, it is written for the teenage audience and therefore is simplified beyond belief. The film moves so abruptly through time that I am grateful I had read the book; otherwise, I’m sure I would have enjoyed New Moon even less.
Of course, there is no question that New Moon does exactly what was intended: it has teenage girls everywhere arguing about whether they are on Team Edward or Team Jacob! So what is it that makes Twilight so appealing in spite of the fact that it’s poorly acted and nothing near as good as it could be? Well, who doesn’t love the idea of invincible, beautiful vampires living amongst us? What could be sweeter than the thought that one of these divine creatures could fall for us, and maybe even take us with them into their world? What about werewolves who would die to protect us? It’s a nice idea, and certainly for girls, this idea coupled with the eye-candy is enough to keep us on tenterhooks for the next in the series – and once you’ve accepted that the Twilight series is not going to be the dark and sinister gritty tale it could have been, but rather a sweet, teenage romance with a twist, you might actually find yourself enjoying it!
TWILIGHT: NEW MOON (2009). Directed by Chris Weitz. Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Justin Chon.

Laserblast DVD & Blu-ray: Benjamin Button, Dexter, Twilight, Dr. Who

Today is the sort of day when fans looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror films on home video must be content with borderline releases. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is based around a fanciful conceit, but the film uses it as a means of getting a new perspective on the same old human condition. Showtime’s DEXTER, being about the exploits of somewhat sympathetic serial killer, is part drama and part crime drama, but it traffics in horrific details. And TWILIGHT – coming out on Blu-ray after a previous DVD release – uses its vampires not for horror but teen romance.

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is such obvious Oscar-bait (it earned a ton of nominations) that it is tempting to reject it in a knee-jerk fashion, and the temptation is increased by a weakness in the screenplay, which overemphasizes the appearance of age rather than the fact of it: the title character (Brad Pitt) grows young instead of old, but the effect is seen mostly in his face, not in his behavior, so the film seems to be saying that, no matter how much he has in common with the woman he loves (who is in fact only a few years younger than he), a relationship is unsustainable because they don’t look the same age. In spite of this, Eric Roth’s screenplay must be described as “rich” – rich in character, events, and dialogue that convey the sweep and breadth of life. Ultimately, one should read Benjamin’s condition not as something literal, but as a dramatic device that provides a different perspective, allowing us to look at ordinary events – events that might even be typical and common – and see them in a new light, with renewed warmth and appreciation. This film succeeds so well at this that one is forced to forgive it for not dealing with Benjamin’s condition in a more sophisticated manner; you simply have to accept that he is our eye upon the world – not a real character or a believable one but a fictional construct who serves his purpose well. The film is being released in three versions: single-disc DVD, double-disc DVD, and Blu-ray disc.
DEXTER is an excellent series about an unlikely subject: a serial killer working as a blood specialist for a police forensics unit. The title character has been taught by his late father to channel his homicidal urges into tracking down killers who escape the legal system, making him a sort of vigilante – which helps make him sympathetic to the audience. The first two seasons are already available on DVD, and Season One came out on Blu-ray earlier this year. Today sees the release of the Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, which is reviewed here.
TWILIGHT was the big sleeper success last year, even though it was mediocre film-making at best. It reached DVD on March 17, and now it is out on Blu-ray in four variations: a single disc, a double disc, and alimited edition Ultimate Collector’s Gift Set (which, like the previous DVD Ultimate Collector’s set, includes a soundtrack CD, a jewelry box, a watch, a charm bracelet, six glossy photo cards, a bookmark, and a certificate of authenticity. The Blu-ray disc is in widescreen, with audio commentary by Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson. Bonus features include three music videos, five extended scenes with director introductions, five deleted scenes with director introductions, a seven-part documentary, a Comic-Con fandom piece, a Comic-Con NY “sizzle reel,” three trailers, and a “New Moon” teaser.
The week’s other science fiction, fantasy, and horror home video releases include Season 1 of Gene Roddenberry’s EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT and two DR. WHO titles: BATTLEFIELD EARTH (Episode 156) with Sylvester McCoy as the Time Lord, and a set containing the “E-Space Trilogy” (FULL CIRCLE, STATE OF DECAY, and WARRIORS GATE – Episodes 112-114), starring Tom Baker in the title role.
One final title worth mentioning is ENCHANTED APRIL. It’s not really fantasy, although one character appears to be psychic (judging from a few fairly accurate premonitions); rather, as the title implies, the film maintains a wonderfully enchanted tone that conveys the feeling of a charming fairy tale, even though the story is actually a realistic romantic comedy-drama.

Sense of Wonder: Twilight writer to revamp next Narnia movie?

In what sounds like an April Fool’s Day joke, claims that TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer has been tapped to rewrite the script for THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, the next film in the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series, based on the novels by C.S. Lewis. In a hint not to take the whole thing seriously, the article is mostly sourced to anonymous “insiders,” who sound like members of the Stephenie Meyer’s fan club:

“She can help bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table,” says one source. “She can also help bring in audience members. People know who she is far more then CS Lewis.”
“Lewis represents the ideas of the past,” says a second source. “Meyer represents the future. This is the perfect blending.”

Only director Michael Apted is quoted on the record, affirming that Meyer’s romantic vampire aesthetic will not seep into the land of Narnia:

“There will be no sparkly vampires in in my movie,” said Apted. “And Edward Cullen won’t be in Dawn Treader either.”

The article also alleges that Meyer has been asked to work on THE HOBBIT and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS. In the case of THE HOBBIT, it is hard to imagine that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo Del Toro cannot knock out a draft between them without outside help. But nevermind; one of those anonymous sources is brimming with enthusiasm at the idea:

“She will help make these stories so much better!” says one insider. “ Lewis and Tolkien may have been the kings of fantasy, but Stephenie Meyer is the reigning queen .”

The comments thread appended to the article is divided between disappointment, enthusiasm, and suspicion about the veracity of the report.
For me, the interesting point is this: so much stupid stuff happens in Hollywood that, as suspect as this article is, for at least a moment you can almost believe it. After the somewhat unfair reputation of PRINCE CASPIAN as a “disappointment,” one could imagine Hollywood honchos desperately seeking a way to reinvigorate the NARNIA franchise. After all, the first film THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE earned over $745-million worldwide. PRINCE CASPIAN’s worldwide gross, though still profitable, was considerably smaller: $419.7-million. With a production budget upwards of $200-million, any further sequel would have to reverse – or at least arrest – the box office decline – a consideration that might act as a motivation for bringing on a popular writer to polish Michael Petroni’s screenplay adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel.
Stranger things have happened. But that doesn’t mean this one is happening.

Laserblast DVD & Blu-ray: Punisher – War Zone, Twilight & Bolt

The sleeper hit of 2008 – which ought to be titled “I Fell in Love with a Teenage Vampire” – reaches store shelves this week, along with a classic fairy tale from the 1980s, a pair of spooky black-and-white classics from the 1920s, a Disney animated film about a dog that thinks it’s a superhero, and an action-packed comic-book thriller from last year.
Punisher: War Zone (Lionsgate DVD & Blu-Ray)
Though Wesley Snipes has done his best to retroactively diminish the reputation of the Bladefilms with his bizarre off-screen antics, the first film remains the first truly successful serious comic book adaptation of the modern era. Director Stephen Norrington executed an amazingly stylish action-horror hybrid that seemed incredibly new in 1998, taking a lower-tier Marvel character that few people outside of that world had ever heard of and creating a crazy masterpiece. The way was then cleared for the top-tier characters to have their day, first with the X-Men in 2000 and Spider-Manin 2002; the vacuum was beginning to fill, but when the door opened for Spidey and Wolverine, a few non-starters snuck in as well. Daredevilwas crafted as a star vehicle for Ben Affleck, who was less than convincing in the role, the pricey Hulk was handicapped by director Ang Lee’s determination to over-think (and emphasize a father-son angle that never existed in the comics) and the limp Fantastic Four made money but aimed low while a superb origin script still gathers dust at Fox. Into this over-crowded marketplace bounded The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle – an FBI agent whose entire family is slaughtered by master criminal Howard Saint (John Travolta, sucking up a large chunk of the film’s all-too meager budget).
What follows is a fairly standard revenge drama no different from any one of a dozen DTV actioners. Jane is perfectly fine in the title role, and is aided by a fine supporting cast (including the always interesting Will Patton and a frail Roy Scheider in one of his final appearances), but despite several interesting sequences (a would-be assassin serenading Castle in a diner before promising to kill him and a wonderfully absurd battle with an enormous Russian brawler illuminate a more interesting direction for the film to have gone) the film just didn’t have the budget for the elaborate set pieces and stunt work that these films require. Frank Castle survives the massacre of his family, but instead of crawling through irradiated seaweed or being bitten by a genetically enhanced squid, Frank just stitches up a costume and starts collecting firepower. This was an interesting angle when he was first introduced in the early ’70s, when movies like Walking Tall and Dirty Harry showed law enforcement figures turning to vigilantism out of frustration, but after more than 3 decades these motivations seem all too trite. It’s hard to blame the movie when the character never even worked all that well in the comics.
The sequel to the decent grossing film went through years of development hell, with several rounds of budget reductions and rewrites finally causing director Jonathan Hensleigh and star Jane to drop out. Punisher: War Zone finally saw the light of day last year with Brit Ray Stevenson (coming off two extraordinary seasons of the HBO series Rome) taking over the title role. We hope to be able to review the film shortly, as we hear that the latest installment has taken an absurdly violent turn, which is likely much more entertaining than the PG-13 version that Lionsgate had at one point considered. The film arrives on SD-DVD in a single-disc edition featuring only the trailer, and on a 2-disc edition featuring a collection of featurettes on the production, a commentary track with the director and director of photography, and a digital copy of the film. The Blu-Ray features all of the above (the featurettes are all presented in HD), plus the addition of Lionsgate’s MoLog technology that “allows users to insert and animate shapes, text, audio, and other graphics right into the film to create ‘blogs’ to share with other MoLog users”. Have fun with that.
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Twilight (Summit Entertainment DVD)
The winner of last year’s ‘Make Me Feel Old’ competition arrives this week as a 2-disc collector’s set (in a rather stunning example of anti-marketing, Blu-Ray owners will have to wait 2 months for the HD edition). We haven’t seen the film or read any of Stephenie Meyer’s apparently popular series. What does the back of the box say? Bella Swan (Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Pattinson) – a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire. As their worlds and hearts collide, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him as well as a coterie of undead that would make Bella their prey. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling sensation by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight adds a dangerous twist to the classic story of star-crossed lovers.
We’re not going to get sniffy here – when a vampire film is successful it pays dividends in unexpected ways – and were we anywhere near the target age for this material we’d probably be screaming like a little girl along with the rest of the teen target audience. Imagine if been if there were popular young-adult horror stories targeted at us back in the late 70s (Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as young vampire detectives?) Enjoy, kids, and just know how lucky you are. Read Cinefantasitque Online’s review of the film here.

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The Princess Bride (MGM/UA Blu-Ray)
MGM’s new Blu-Ray, released under parent company Fox, is an absolute beauty, far surpassing the previous DVD editions. The film was shot on location in Ireland and England, but its gorgeous visuals have long been slave to iffy transfers on home video, and MGM’s recent track record (the old, substandard encode used for the Silence of the LambsBlu-Ray leaps to mind) hasn’t generated high expectations. But the news is very good indeed; the transfer retains a distinctly film-like look and hasn’t been over-processed with digital noise reductions. The Blu-Ray carries over the featurettes and the Reiner-Goldman commentary track from previous editions. We were also interested to see MGM adding an extra we haven’t seen from them on a Blu-Ray yet, a separate disc featuring the standard definition version of the film. This is a fine idea and a good way for people who haven’t yet taken the HD plunge to make a future-proof purchase – but a $34.95 list price for a catalog title isn’t exactly conducive to sales. Read a complete review here.
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Faust (Kino International DVD) and The Haunted Castle (Kino Video DVD)
F. W. Murnau secured his place in horror history by directing the vastly overrated Nosferatu(1922). He also helmed some other, more interesting genre titles, two of which are coming out on DVD this week: Faust (1926) and The Haunted Castle (1921). The Haunted Castle disc offers a gallery of set design paintings and excerpts from the source novel. Faustis a two-disc  deluxe edition, including numerous bonus features: the restored German version of the film with optional English subtitles; a 53-minute documentary on the making of the film; a new musical score in 5.1 surround stereo; lost screen test footage of Ernst Lubitsch’s abandoned 1923 production Marguerite and Faust; an image gallery; and an essay by film historian Christopher Horak.
Also out this week:

  • The Company of Wolves, the artsy 1985 werewolf film directed by Neil Jordan, arrives on Blu-ray.
  • Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick are being re-released in packages that contain “Fast & Furious Movie Cash,” presumably so you can buy a ticket to the upcoming Fast & Furious movie starring Vin Diesel.
  • Chrysalisis some kind of direct-to-video French sci-fi flick that lists Marta Keller among the cast. We are just old enough to remember when Keller could be relied upon to deliver her sexy Euro-mystique in ’70s thrillers like Marathon Man and Black Sunday.

Twilight Review

Rather like the HARRY POTTER movies, TWILIGHT is not really designed to be great cinema; it is designed to appeal to a pre-sold target audience emotionally invested in seeing their favorite literary characters rendered on the big screen in a way that conforms to their fantasies. In fact, the adaptation tries so hard to please the fan base of the Young Adult novel on which it is based, that the film feels not only as if it were written for teenagers but also as if it were written by teenagers. With that in mind, we handed over critical chores to our teenage correspondent Jimmy. Jimmy is the imaginary older brother of Timmy, the imaginary five-year-old who reviewed UNDERDOG for us last year. Read on to hear Jimmy’s opinion of the movie…

Man this movie sucked. It was like supposed to be a horror movie but instead it was like all this girly-girl stuff about this girl who comes to a new school and hooks up with the coolest guy there, except he doesn’t look really cool, he looks kinda sick and pale which I guess is supposed to make him seem sad or something which the girls in the audience like my girlfriend seemed to like because they were all like screaming and cheering for him all the time and going like “Ooo” and “Aaahhhh” over him like he was really something but he wasn’t really.
The girl who moves to the new school is kinda hot but she walks around with her mouth open all the time like she’s going to say, “Duh!” but she never does. I don’t know why she did that but when I looked around the theatre a lot of the girls in the audience (it was mostly girls in the audience which was like the only cool thing about seeing this movie) were looking like that too, especially when that guy was on screen who was supposed to be really cool but wasn’t really.

It turns out the cool guy (who isn’t really) is really a vampire, but he doesn’t want to bite the girl with the open mouth for some reason. He says he’s a killer but they never show that, which made me mad because that’s what I want to see in a vampire film, not some other stuff about high school and proms and stuff. Instead, he walks around looking sad a lot, which my girlfriend liked but I didn’t, but I did like the one time where he first sees the girl with the open mouth in class and he looks like he’s gonna barf. I don’t know why she made him wanna barf but it would have been sweet if he did. Too bad he didn’t though.

There’s a lot of things that could have been good but they aren’t. Like there’s a scene where these guys are all like surrounding the girl with the open mouth and she’s all scared and then the guy she likes (who is supposed to be cool but isn’t) drives up in a car and you think he’s gonna kick their ass but he doesn’t for some reason; he just takes her and drives away.

And later there’s another scene where these other vampires come in and we know they’re bad because they kill people. (Not like the vampire who’s supposed to be cool – his family are vegetarian vampires because they only kill animals). Anyway, this one wants to kill the girl with the open mouth and he’s supposed to be really scary but he just looks like a jerk and I knew I could have kicked his ass even if he was supposed to be a vampire so I couldn’t understand why everyone was so like “Oh, he so scary, I hope the girl with the open mouth doesn’t get killed by him.”

This leads to the best part of the movie where the vampires get in a fight and throw each around and break stuff in a ballet class – which is really sweet because ballet is gay anyway, so it was good they break all the mirros and windows and other stuff while they beat each other up. After sitting through the whole movie I finally thought I was gonna get what I came for because they talked about how they have to kill vampires by cutting them up into pieces and burning them, but then they didn’t show it, they just catch the jerk-vampire-guy and one of the good vampires grabs his head like she’s gonna rip it off but just when you’re going “All right” the movie goes back to the girl with the open mouth and the good vampire guy who has to suck the poison out from where the bad vampire guy bit her but he has to do it without sucking out all her blood and killing her and making her a vampire but I could never understand why he didn’t want her to be a vampire so they could likve together forever and anyway then she wouldn’t have to worry anymore about other vampires trying to kill her because she would be as strong as them. So it didn’t make any sense.

And then they go to the prom and dance and the movie ends but it’s like not really over because there is a bad vampire lady who liked the jerk-vampire-guy and you know she’s gonna come back in the next movie and mess things up for the girl with the open mouth. But no one in the theatre seemed to care, they were all like my girlfriend, just clapping and applauding and saying how good it was, and I guess they had all read the books but I never did so I just didn’t care about any of that, I just wanted to see some vampires and blood but I didn’t and there wasn’t even any scene where the girl with the open mouth takes off her clothes, but maybe that will be in the unrated DVD when it comes out.

But maybe not because in the one scene where she is in bed with the good vampire guy who is supposed to be cool (but isn’t) she acts like she wants to do it with him but he won’t for some reason. I thought maybe it was because vampires can’t do it but my girlfriend says it was because he was afraid he couldn’t control himself, like he would bite her and kill her or maybe make her into a vampire too, which doesn’t sound so bad to me so I couldn’t understand what he was afraid of. But anyway I didn’t like his hair, it all stood up and it was supposed to look cool but it didn’t, it just made him look like somebody you see in a commercial or in a magazine where it’s like an ad for jeans or something.

Oh, and one other thing I forgot to say, the scenes where the vampires were supposed to be like really fast and strong – they were like so sucky I couldn’t believe it. They would like kick someone and their legs would be like blurry but they wouldn’t be any faster than normal and it kind of reminded me of something I saw in some movie I never heard of that I rented once on DVD cause the cover art looked cool and it turned out to be really cheap and the special effects looked stupid just like in this movie, except this movie was in theatres like it was supposed to be good or something.

Oh, and like another thing I forgot was that the girl with the open mouth had a dad who was like really cool because he left her alone and I thought I wish my dad was like that, he wouldjust leave me alone when I needed to be by myself, and it was like in those scenes even though they were kind of boring you almost felt like you could believe the movie was really happening, but then they would go back to the “cool” vampire dude and it would be like a jeans commercial again and I would be thinking “Why do the girls like him so much – just because his hair stands up and he walks around like saying I’m all sad and I want to be with you but I don’t want to bite you so I don’t know what to do but you should get away from me but I want to be near you I guess I just don’t know what I want to do so lets go out in the wood and run around and I’ll show you how fast I am and your mouth will open even wider while you think I’m even more super-cool than before.”

I did kind of like the part where he took her to meet his family and they were like trying to cook from a video because they don’t eat real food so they didn’t have any practise. It was kind of like something you see on a comedy show on TV and I laughed, but then they got in an argument and went upstairs to his room where he has all these CDs he listens to – I guess because he’s so old he has a lot of time to listen to music. And then I thought, he’s not really a high-school kid who likes cool new stuff like I like. He’s really like some old guy who would say to you, “That garbage you listen to ain’t music; real music is this boring stuff I listen to.” And I really wondered if the girl with the open mouth was gonna have to listen to boring music with him the rest of her life or if she would get smart and pick some realy cool kid who was more like me and listened to music that’s really cool, not with like violins and stuff.

I told this part to my girlfriend about the violin music but she didn’t want to listen. I said what’s so great about hanging with some old guy who listens to boring old music just because you like the way his hair stand up because it makes him look like a high school kid but he’s really not. She wouldn’t answer me. We got in a fight and she went home and said she doesn’t want to see me again unless I read the books and admit she was right.

Stupid movie.


I just want to add that, despite Jimmy’s negative reaction, TWILIGHT is not without its entertainment value. Although the concept of vampirism is not handled in a particularly interesting way, the movie works on its own low-ambition level as mindless fun. Just keep in mind that you are watching a high school romance where the complication is that the attractive bad boy with the heart of gold is a vampire instead of merely being from the wrong side of the tracks or of the wrong religion or ethnic background to gain approval from the leading lady’s parents. I suspect that, within ten years or so, this film (and its inevitable sequels) will look as outdated and ridiculous as the old BEACH PARTY movies do now, but that shouldn’t stop us from sitting back and enjoying the camp with a quiet chuckle.

TWILIGHT (2008). Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stepenie Meyer. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Cam Gigandet, Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch. Justin Chon.

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Based on the best-selling young adult novels, the PG-13 film stars Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Reaser, Kristen Stewart. In her new town of Forks, Washington, misfit teenager Bella Swan (Stewart) falls for her alluring and mysterious classmate, Edward Cullen (Pattinson). As it turns out, Edward belongs to a lineage of vampires, although he doesn’t fit the typical vampire mold. As their passion reaches dizzying heights, can Edward resist his natural urges, and will he be able to defend Bella from his family members who have come for her? Opens on Friday, November 21.