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Week in the movies: New moon over 'The Twilight'

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 11/19/2009 12:00:00 AM | EMRAH GÜLER

Lovelorn Bella and the vampire Edward return with "New Moon," the second movie in the "Twilight Saga" in its global release.

Lovelorn Bella and the vampire Edward return with "New Moon," the second movie in the "Twilight Saga" in its global release. Christmas begins for moviegoers with the Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," with Jim Carrey as Scrooge. Another adaptation comes in the form of a 3-D animation with "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Two anticipated Turkish movies come to theaters, with the third movie adaptation of the classic stage play "7 Kocalı Hürmüz" (Seven Husbands for Hürmüz), and the deep state conspiracy drama, "Kurtlar Vadisi: Gladio" (The Valley of the Wolves: Gladio). 

Movie of the week:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 

The vampires continue sinking their teeth into pop culture with the release of the second movie in the Twilight Saga, “New Moon.” Director Chris Weitz takes over from Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first movie in the installment “Twilight.” Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reprise their roles as the lovelorn teenager Bella and the brooding, "vegetarian" vampire Edward in this adaptation from the bestselling novels of Stephanie Meyer. 

“New Moon” starts from where the first movie left off when Bella and Edward were finally happy together, having defeated the evil vampire James. Beginning with the scene everyone is familiar with from the over-exposed teaser that has been circulating in the Internet for months, the Cullen clan throws a birthday party for Bella, which culminates in one of the fledgling vampires, Jasper attacking Bella as blood seeps through her finger over a paper cut. Not to put his mortal girlfriend in more danger, Edward and his family leave town, leaving Bella heartbroken. Soon Bella finds comfort in her childhood friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner). More surprises await Bella as Jacob keeps a deep secret from his friend. 

Controversies over replacing directors, endless gossip of blossoming romance among the young actors, and promise of better CGI effects make the sequel an even more anticipated movie. The movie opens on the same day with the U.S. and the U.K. 

7 Kocalı Hürmüz (Seven Husbands for Hürmüz)

Turkish director Ezel Akay brings his unique and inspirational take on the timeless, twisted and hilarious tale of a woman in 19th century Anatolia, juggling six husbands and a lover. In this third adaptation, Akay brings his unique brand of surreal cinema with Golden Orange-winner Nurgül Yeşilçay starring in the lead.

Who should watch it? Those who like theater adaptations and stories of empowered women.

Who should avoid it? Those who do not like theater adaptations and the occasional musical number in movies.

A Christmas Carol

Director Robert Zemeckis adapts Charles Dickens’ tale of the old Scrooge who must face his own demons one Christmas as he meets the Ghosts of Past, Present and Yet-to-Come. In four separate roles, Jim Carrey plays Scrooge and the ghosts. Gary Oldman also star in multiple roles in this photo-realist motion-capture technique we’re familiar from the disappointing “The Polar Express.”

Who should watch it? Those ready to open the Christmas season with a classic Christmas story by one of the best directors to retell the story.

Who should avoid it? Those who still cringe when remembering the expressionless faces in Zemeckis’ previous holiday motion-capture animation, “The Polar Express.”

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Adapted from the 1978 children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this 3-D animation has something to say about the consequences of abundance (maybe a bit too late) through scenes of cheeseburgers and pasta raining from the sky. Bill Hader is the voice of Flint Lockwood, the loveable geek who one day invents a machine that helps food rain from the sky. Anna Faris voices the weathergirl who finds dumbness helping her career, with James Caan, Andy Samberg and Mr. T in additional roles.

Who should watch it? Those who take their 3-D animations with anything. And those who find the sound of recreation of scenes from disaster movies with food in 3-D appealing.

Who should avoid it? Those who are not the greatest fan of animations and feel averse to the 3-D technology. And if you like the occasional animation, you probably took your monthly dose with “Up.”

Kurtlar Vadisi: Gladio (The Valley of the Wolves: Gladio)

Second movie adaptation from the immensely popular Turkish TV series “Kurtlar Vadisi,” the movie draws on Turkey’s recent agenda on conspiracies of deep state fuelled by the Ergenekon investigation. Real questions on the terrorist organization PKK, coups in the last half-a-century, and alleged assassinations against previous presidents are answered through a fictitious deep throat.

Who should watch it? Those who couldn’t get more of the original series, and those who feed on state conspiracies.

Who should avoid it? Those who refrain from subjective political dramas, and those who’re tired of hearing and reading about the never ending Ergenekon stories.

L’uomo che ama (The Man Who Loves)

In her second feature, Italian director Maria Sole Tognazzi follows the Turinese pharmacist Roberto (Pierfrancesco Favino) as he finds himself stuck between two women, played by Monica Bellucci and Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport. The melodrama is a unique take on women’s experience of a man’s love, but falls short of bringing a unique story to screen.

Who should watch it? Those who like the pace, soundtrack and acting of 1990s European cinema.

Who should avoid it? Those who like a dash of wit and humor in their urban relationship drama.

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