(Note – films featured represent new openings in the Seattle area…regional, limited, and platformed national releases are featured below…).
Four New Films This Week
The be all and end all this weekend is “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -Part I”, which not only begins the end of the “Twilight” movie franchise, but looks to rewrite the box office history books this weekend. In lighter fare, the highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film “Happy Feet” arrives, and two highly acclaimed and controversial independent films make their way to the big city. Everything you need to know about them and even more additional new movies…after the cut!
HAPPY FEET TWO
(PG for some rude humor and mild peril)
Starring: Elijah Wood, Alecia Moore, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara
Directed by: George Miller
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Tagline: Every Step Counts.
Synopsis: Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven-a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures-from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals-to put things right. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.).
INTO THE ABYSS
(PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images)
Starring: Werner Herzog
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Distributor: Sundance Selects/IFC Films
Tagline: A Tale Of Death. A Tale Of Life.
Synopsis: In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. (Courtesy of IFC Films.)
(R for some graphic nudity, sexual content, and language)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Running Time: 135 Minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Synopsis: Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth… Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier. (Courtesy of the film’s website)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART I
(PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements)
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Directed by: Bill Condon
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Tagline: Forever Is Only The Beginning.
Synopsis: In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child…which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) (Courtesy of Summit Entertainment).