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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Twilight Saga: New Moon,' 'Planet 51' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
November 17th, 2009 9:59am EST
Twilight: New MoonVampire junkies of all ages hooked on the Twilight saga will get their fix this week with release of "New Moon." Further excitement about the premiere has generated among those obsessed with the series, since rumors of an off-screen romance between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have recently been confirmed.

Aside from the vampire romance "New Moon," other films hitting theaters this week include "Planet 51," "The Blind Side," "Broken Embraces," "Red Cliff," "Mammoth," and "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."

PLANET 51

The natives of Planet 51 live in perpetual fear of an alien invasion. That fear comes to fruition when an astronaut named Chuck Baker (voiced by The Rock) arrives on their planet from Earth. Assisted by a young resident of the planet, Chuck has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and return home.

Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, and Marcos Martinez each earn their first film credit directing this animated feature. Joel Stillman the scribe for "Shrek" and "Shrek 2" pens the screenplay. Celebrities that lend their voices to this movie include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, and John Cleese.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Parents looking for family friendly fare will probably find this a safe bet. If you're the type of person that likes light-hearted computer animated films, then this is the type of story you'll enjoy.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

When Bella's blood is shed at her birthday party, Edward's strong reaction to it causes his family to leave Forks, Washington for the sake of the young couple. The heartbroken Bella finds comfort in living life dangerously, while forming a closer friendship with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

Chris Weitz, the man who helmed 2007's "The Golden Compass," takes over directing the vampire series from Catherine Hardwicke. Melissa Rosenberg, the previous film's author, returns however to write the screenplay for "New Moon."

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WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Vampire aficionados and rabid fans of the Twilight book series on which the films are based, should go see this continuation of the saga. Moviegoers into the blood and gore of vampire flicks beware: you won't find it in this movie, which places emphasis on the love story between Bella and Edward.

THE BLIND SIDE

In this film based on the true story of Michael Oher, a disadvantaged teenager is taken in by a conservative family that sees promise in him. Despite overwhelming obstacles, the attention the young man receives helps him grow into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.

The man who coached Dennis Quaid behind the camera in 2002's baseball film "The Rookie," John Lee Hancock, revisits the inspirational sports movie genre, writing and directing "The Blind Side." Quintin Aaron plays the football player Michael Oher; with Sandra Bullock and country star Tim McGraw starring as his adopted parents.

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WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Those who follow football might be interested to see the obstacles Michael Oher had to overcome to reach his current position in life. If you enjoy watching sports movies that carry an inspirational message, then you should see "The Blind Side."

BROKEN EMBRACES

A blind screenwriter Harry Caine (Lluís Homar) recounts the secrets of his past to a young associate. He tells her of his former life as a filmmaker as well as about the accident that claimed his sight and led to his breakup with Lena (Penélope Cruz), a now famous actress who lives with her wealthy old partner.

In his second movie collaboration with Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar writes and directs this drama. Almodóvar worked with Cruz previously on 2006's "Volver."



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that seek out foreign films, specifically Spanish films, are the kind of people who should see this drama. If you have been following Pedro Almodóvar's work or if you believe Penélope Cruz is a talented actress, then you should give "Broken Embraces" a viewing.

RED CLIFF

During the end of China's Han Dynasty, two rival warlords combine forces against a power hungry general intent on taking over both of their kingdoms.

Action director John Woo writes and helms this epic film based on Guanzhang Luo's novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Woo had assistance writing the epic from Khan Chan, Cheng Kuo, and Heyu Shang.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers that appreciate Woo's over-the-top visual style and ability to create powerful action movies will be inclined to see his latest work. If you like Woo and find Chinese history fascinating then you should watch the massive battles unfold in "Red Cliff."

MAMMOTH

Leo (Gael García Bernal) is a web entrepreneur on a business trip to Thailand. When he is lured into a new life there, the ripples of his decision reach back to New York City where his wife and his daughter share a close relationship with their Filipino Nanny (Marife Necesito).

Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson both writes and directs this independent drama starring Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, and Marife Necesito.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: People who appreciate independent films by foreign filmmakers are the ones most likely to see "Mammoth." If you're looking for an independent movie that seems to be on the more serious side, you should see this drama.

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

Set in a post-Katrina New Orleans, Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) is a detective addicted to drugs and gambling, who's investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Werner Herzog, the man responsible for 2006's "Rescue Dawn," directs this nontraditional cop drama. Familiar with writing for cops on "NYPD Blue" and "Law and Order," William Finkelstein pens the screenplay for the film.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of Nicolas Cage will be curious to see him in a bit of a darker role than he is used to playing. If you like police drama that is edgy and does not go by the book to take down the bad guys, then you will appreciate "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.


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