‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ finally sees the light

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are still in love in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2'
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are still in love in ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2’

[rating=3]Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Billy Burke
Director(s): Bill Condon
Writer(s): Melissa Rosenberg

Though the Twilight series, which culminates in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the fifth and final segment in the franchise, has been a major boon to the film industry and to all involved onscreen, including three directors, stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart, original author Stephenie Meyer and a host of character actors and technicians, its blueprints come straight from television.

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‘Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch’ is a charming sequel

Stitch loses control in 'Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch'
Stitch loses control in ‘Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch’

[rating=3]Starring: Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere, Chris Sanders, Jason Scott Lee, Holliston Coleman, Jillian Henry, Kevin McDonald, Liliana Mumy, David Ogden Stiers
Director(s): Michael LaBash, Anthony Leondis
Writer(s): Anthony Leondis, Eddie Guzelian, Alexa Junge, Michael LaBash

Before I sat down to watch Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch, I had to take the time to watch the original film. I wanted to get a sense for the originals of all the characters and how they ended up together. I have to say, this series of film is probably one of the most original things to come out of Disney in years.

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‘Hide & Seek’ predictable but well done otherwise

[rating=3]Starring: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue, Amy Irving, Dylan Baker
Director(s): John Polson
Writer(s): Ari Schlossberg

Dakota Fanning in 'Hide & Seek'
Dakota Fanning in ‘Hide & Seek’

Hollywood, and filmmakers in general I think, have become obsessed with the concept of “the flip”. That’s what I call it when a movie has a twist within the last five minutes that is supposed to shock and surprise the audience.

Hide & Seek sort of has two such “flips”, the main one being pretty darn obvious. Well, to me anyway. Either I’m getting to smart for these kinds of “flip” movies or their just not being done that well. Either way, I’m tired of “the flip”. It’s nearly impossible to pull off effectively, and almost always gets ruined because ultimately “the flip” is what everyone who’s seen the movie will talk about. And once it’s known that a movie has a “flip”, well, the “flip” is pretty much ruined.

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