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At the movies: Nov. 16, 2012

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New in theaters

Great Escape 14 Stadium Cinemas, Moline:

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (PG-13) "Lincoln" (PG-13)

Rave Motion Pictures 53, Davenport:
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (PG-13)
"Lincoln" (PG-13) "The Sessions" (R)

Nova 6 Cinemas, Moline:
"Hotel Transylvania" (PG) "Man With the Iron Fists" (R)
Minireviews

These are Roger Ebert's mini-reviews (unless otherwise noted) of some of the movies currently playing in the Quad-Cities area.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (PG-13, 115 minutes). Fifth and final installment of the "Twilight" series, beginning where the previous one ended, as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) gives birth to little Renesmee, and is introduced by her husband, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), to her new life with vampire powers. In the process, Bella has also been miraculously transformed into a much more interesting character, physically superb and emotionally uninhibited. The birth of the infant leads to a sensational climax involving the Washington state vampires and the Volturi of Italy, self-appointed rulers of vampiredom. I suspect "Twilight's" audience, which takes these films very seriously indeed, will drink deeply of its blood. Rating: 2 1/2 stars

"Lincoln" (PG-13, 149 minutes). Steven Spielberg's new film focuses on only a few months of Lincoln's life, including the passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, the surrender of the Confederacy and his assassination. Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics. Daniel Day-Lewis creates a Lincoln who is calmly self-confident, patient and willing to play politics in a realistic way. Not about an icon of history, but about a president who was scorned by some of his opponents as a hayseed from the backwoods. He understood them better than they did him. Sure to win many Academy Award nominations. Rating: 4 stars

"The Sessions" (R, 95 minutes). Mark (John Hawkes) is 38 years old and after contracting polio, he has spent most of those years in an iron lung. He believes his time is running out. He would like to experience sexual intercourse with a woman at least once before he dies. He contacts Cheryl (Helen Hunt), a sex surrogate who explains the ground rules to Mark: They will have six meetings, no more. They are not working together in order to fall in love, but to achieve a specific physical purpose. She is kind and tactful, and so is Mark's parish priest (William H. Macy), who guides him with compassion through this process. Astonishing performances, and not without humor. Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Last week: "Skyfall" ( PG-13, 143 minutes). "Skyfall" triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever made. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played unconvincingly. The film at last provides a role worthy of Judi Dench, returning as M, who is one of the best actors of her generation. She is all but the co-star, with a lot of screen time, poignant dialogue, and a character who is far more complex and sympathetic than we expect. In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal "Quantum of Solace" (2008) still in our minds, I don't know what I expected in Bond No. 23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating. If you haven't seen a 007 for years, this is the time to jump back in. Rating: 4 stars

Coming to video Tuesday, Nov. 20 "Expendables 2" (R, 102 minutes): A shoot-em-up for septuagenarians starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A festival of horrendous one-liners, it's jam-packed with explosions and guns and crashes and unnaturally loud punches, with faceless, nameless stuntmen taking all the risks. It barely qualifies as a movie, but it does make for a fascinating study on male vanity. Most of these actors are extremely fit, with the bodies of muscular 30-year-olds, but there's nothing they can do about the lines and creases in their faces. Rating: 1 star -- Rene Rodriguez,The Miami Herald New on video this week:

"2 Days in New York" (R, 96 minutes, 2012). Julie Delpy co-wrote, directed and stars in this charming screwball comedy about Marion, a French artist in New York who is happily living with a talk show host (Chris Rock). Their peace is upended by a visit from her eccentric family, including her (real) father (Albert Delpy), her sister, Rose (Alexia Landeau), and Rose's boyfriend, Manu (Alex Nahon), who is Marion's own former boyfriend. The movie has an indescribable scene in which she sells her soul as a conceptual artwork and meets the collector who bought it, Vincent Gallo. You can imagine. Rating: 3 1/2 stars

"The Watch" ( R, 100 minutes, 2012). After the mysterious murder of a night security guard at a Costco store, its manager (Ben Stiller) enlists three other men (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) in a neighborhood watch organization that discovers an invasion of Earth is being plotted by aliens who are headquartered in the Costco's basement. Dumb slapstick action, lots of green slime and truly versatile use of potty talk. Rating: 2 stars

"Savages" (R, 129 minutes, 2012). Oliver Stone's thriller involves a bloody war between two best buddies in Laguna Beach and the queen of a Mexican drug cartel. A return to form for Stone's dark side, the movie is a battle between good and evil, except everyone in it is evil -- but some are less evil than others, and they all have their good sides. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson are partners in growing primo pot, Blake Lively is the beach bunny they share, Salma Hayek is the queen of the cartel, Benicio Del Toro is her enforcer and John Travolta is a crooked FDA agent. Violent, ingenious, deceptive and funny, but not too funny. Rating: 3 1/2 stars

"Brave" (PG, 100 minutes, 2012). The new animation from Pixar poaches on traditional Disney territory. Instead of such inventive stories as "Up" and "WALL-E," we get a spunky princess, her mum the queen, her dad the gruff king, an old witch who lives in the woods and so on. The artistry looks wonderful. Kids will probably love it, but parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar ground-breaker. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane. Rating: 3 stars