‹‹ V.20 No.45 | November 10 - 16, 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1
November 18Happy Feet TwoThe tap-dancing, computer-animated penguins from Happy Feet return for ... more tap dancing, one presumes.Like CrazyCritics can’t quite decide who they love more: Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene or British newcomer Felicity Jones in this lovely, low-key romance about long-distance lovers.The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1So, um, moody high schooler Bella is finally getting married to one of the vampires. Which pisses off the werewolves. Or so I gather.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
December 9New Year’s EveThe romantic comedy Valentine’s Day made a lot of money, so producers picked another holiday and rounded up yet another massive ensemble cast (Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Sofía Vergara, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Duhamel, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank. Lea Michele ... I could go on).The SitterA college kid on suspension (Jonah Hill) gets roped into babysitting the neighbor’s kids, resulting in an evening far raunchier than anything in 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting.Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyGary Oldman stars as John le Carré’s famed spy George Smiley in this Cold War thriller about Soviet spies inside MI6.
Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol
December 21The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornAdventurous boy reporter Tintin—the famed creation of French writer/artist Hergé—comes to life as a computer-animated, motion-capture cartoon courtesy of director Steven Spielberg. There’s pirate treasure!The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe art-house exploitation hit goes Hollywood with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (The Social Network) taking over the lead roles from ... those Danish people whose names we can’t pronounce.Mission: Impossible—Ghost ProtocolTom Cruise is back for more spy-fi tomfoolery. On the plus side, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is being groomed to take over the franchise.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
December 23In the Land of Blood and HoneyAngelina Jolie writes and directs this dark, Romeo and Juliet-style story about a Bosnian and a Serb who fall into a relationship during the Bosnian War. There’s rape and torture!We Bought a ZooMatt Damon and Scarlett Johansson do just what the title says in this true-life-inspired comedy-drama from director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire).