Directing makes ‘Breaking Dawn’ the only reason to watch
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in “Breaking
- ‘The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn: Part 1’
★ (out of four)
2011, Dir. Bill Condon, U.S., PG-13
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Director: Julia Leigh.
Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake.
The plot: A haunting portrait of a young university student drawn
into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desire.
Director: Alrick Brown.
Starring: Cleophas Kabasita.
The plot: A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love
amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while
absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the
face of unspeakable horror.
Genre: Drama, romance.
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★★ (out of four)
Told in a series of flashbacks as an elderly J. Edgar Hoover
(Leonardo DiCaprio) dictates his memoirs, the film chronicles
Hoover’s rise from a low-level field agent to his role as head of
the FBI and arguably the most powerful man in the United States. It
covers his early days of persecuting political “radicals” and
doggedly pursuing Soviet guerrillas, as well as his dealings with
figures like political rival Robert Kennedy and “public enemy”
Martin Luther King, Jr. We see all the wiretap scandals and the
congressional hearings and the inner-office politics, all patched
together with mind-numbingly repetitive scenes of Hoover ranting to
whomever will listen about the need to protect America and maintain
its moral purity and blah blah blah.
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 4:52 pm
Right now, “The Muppets” and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed family
film/cinema ode “Hugo” are playing in theaters across the country.
“The Descendants,” the triumphant return of director/screenwriter
extraordinaire Alexander Payne (“Election,” “About Schmidt,”
“Sideways”), is expanding in limited release.
However, due to an early deadline imposed by the Thanksgiving
holiday, I did not get to see any of these enticing films. Rather,
I was subjected to the unfathomable horrors of “Breaking Dawn: Part
1,” the latest entry in the inexplicably popular “Twilight” series.
I’ve mercilessly blasted these movies for so long that I figure
it’s only fair I actually see one in order to lend credence to my
criticisms, so here we go …
Friday, November 25, 2011 4:52 pm.