"You're not going to want me when I look like a grandmother."
It sounds like a fear that a lot of women have, but in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" it's the reason that the just-turned-18 heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is dying (joke intended) to have her undead 109-year-old boyfriend, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), turn her into a vampire.
Of course, being the gentleman he is, Edward won't bite (or do much else with Bella) and flees instead, which depresses her. Repairing motorcycles with her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) - with his muscles and blinding smile - brightens her mood. But Jacob, a member of an Indian tribe, has secrets of his own.
As it turns out, the seemingly perpetually gray Washington town called Forks has more than vampires hanging around. There are werewolves. It seems like Bella can't stay away from dangerous guys, or guys who like to take their shirts off.
Mostly "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is filled with portentous music, circling cameras from director Chris Weitz, and the action never really kicks into gear. There are the occasional leering stares by Bella at Jacob's body, but the saga is really about abstinence. Fans of the series are probably happy with the adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer novels, but the rest of us really don't have much stake in the franchise.
"The Princess and the Frog" is a charming musical treat. It's Disney's first hand-drawn animated feature in quite some time, and tells the story of a black heroine in 1920s New Orleans.
Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) has dreams of opening a restaurant, but as a waitress pulling double shifts she's having trouble coming up with the money. She's a great chef, though, and caters the party of Big Daddy LaBouff (John Goodman) and his daughter Charlotte (Jennifer Cody), who is Tiana's lifelong friend since her mother worked in Big Daddy's home when she was a kid.
Tiana meets a Prince Charming in the form of Naveen (Bruno Campos), a playboy prince from the fictional kingdom of Maldonia. A devious character by the name of Dr. Facilier (a terrific Keith David) sees a way to make a profit with some help from "Friends on the Other Side," one of the fun musical numbers by Randy Newman. But things soon go awry and both Tiana and Naveen are turned into frogs, beginning a fun adventure through the bayou.
There they meet a hefty alligator, Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley), and a Cajun firefly, Ray (Jim Cummings).
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements helped revive Disney's animation fortunes with "The Little Mermaid." "The Princess and the Frog" is a lovely throwback in this day of computer animation. It glides over the question of race - our hero and heroine are green for a lot of the picture - in favor of making a fairy tale for everyone.
Pedro Almovodar and Penelope Cruz may be the most perfect combination in filmdom today. In the director's latest, "Broken Embraces," the glamorous Cruz plays Lena, an industrialist's mistress who has an affair with a film director named Harry Caine (Lluis Homar), a joke pseudonym that he uses in his artistic life. His real name is Mateo Blanco.
The complicated story is told in a flashback by Harry, who is now blind after a car accident. His current life is one of womanizing, playing on the sympathies of his targets, but events cause him to open up and tell the story. It's part melodrama and part mystery, but it is filled with Almovodar's lush cinematic canvas and Cruz's sensuous allures.
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Bryan Cranston is superb as Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime selling methamphetamines to provide for his family in the AMC series "Breaking Bad." Season two finds some unexpected twists as Walter tries to keep his drug dealing from his wife (the excellent Anna Gunn).
"High School Musical" alum Vanessa Hudgens is the cute girl with hidden talents in "Bandslam." Aly Michalka, of the pop duo Aly & AJ, plays tough girl Charlotte, who has a band in need of help.
Gaelan Connell is Will, a teen with a David Bowie fixation and the smarts to turn Charotte's band into a contender in the Bandslam contest and a chance for a record deal. It sounds dumb, but it's not bad, with some cleverness and the plus of an amusing Lisa Kudrow, who plays Will's single mom.
"Astro Boy" - originally a Japanese cartoon from the 1950s - is a strange but somewhat interesting animated film about a robot child.
A bit "Pinocchio," a bit "Oliver Twist," a bit dystopian vision, the film is a little on the dark side as the title character fights evil, but it does have some punch in its retro style.
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