A glance at movies opening in theaters this week.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2
Will this thing ever end? I’ve heard promises that this is indeed the final installment, but when a franchise is this financially lucrative, don’t bet against it. But before we get to that point, we must first make it through this one, which finds Bella—now transformed into a vampire—dealing with dark forces, while old flame Jacob grows increasingly obsessed with Bella and Edward’s offspring, Renesmee.
For a more worthwhile heroine, look no further than Tolstoy’s magnificent creation, whose shoes Keira Knightley aims to fill. Director Joe Wright (“Hanna”) again guides his muse from “Atonement” and “Pride & Prejudice” along the path of an epic love story, this one adapted by the brilliant Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”).
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
David O. Russell follows up his Oscar-winning “The Fighter” with another tale about human weakness, this one involving a man (Bradley Cooper) forced to live with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after he’s treated for depression. It’s a bitter fate made sweet when he encounters the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence.
Amid all the speculation about the role climate change might have played in Superstorm Sandy comes this documentary from Jeff Orlowski about the efforts of photographer James Balog to chronicle the rapid melt of glaciers in the Arctic.
In the tradition of “Spellbound” and “Mad Hot Ballroom” comes this documentary about five underprivileged New York kids competing for the national chess title.