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New MoonAh, the plight of lovely Bella, played once again by Kristen Stewart. What to do? You have to admit it's a choice not every girl has to make. There is no long-term potential with Edward, again portrayed by Robert Pattinson, unless he "turns" her... in other words, puts the bite on her.
So, what about good-hearted Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner? Well, let's face it--he's sweet, but werewolves have their downsides too. And, let's face it-- they don't quite have the pizzazz of the undead.
Combine all of this with the vegetarian vampires being at war with their own kind, primarily to protect Bella, and a tenuous truce between vampires and werewolves that is clearly in jeopardy because of Edward's and Jacob's love for Bella, and... well you have "Twilight: New Moon." It's a melodramatic, soap opera-like, angst ridden free for all. Edward is getting darker, Bella moodier (if that's possible) and poor Jacob. He's looking for any excuse to simply take off his shirt.
Just 2 stars for "Twilight: New Moon" and it's rated PG-13.
The Blind Side
A much better movie out this weekend is "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock.
Bullock stars as Leigh Ann, a southern woman who is used to getting her way. When she spots "big Mike" --played wonderfully by Quinton Aaron--walking alone in the cold, she insists he come home with the family. Concerned, Leigh Ann works to get the lowdown and finds that Mike has nowhere to go, his mom is a druggie, he has learning disabilities and without some help and guidance, this kid won't make it.
With determination and buy-in from husband and kids, Mike becomes part of the family. Add to all of this Mike's athletic abilities and soon, with support from the family, a caring coach and teachers who work with Mike's unique learning style, it looks as if he might be able to play college football.
This is a touching film based on the life story Michael Oher who went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Bullock is terrific and the support cast really steps up, including Tim McGraw as husband, Shawn.
I really like this film, "The Blind Side" gets 3 stars and it's rated PG-13.