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Two popular books from different eras are making their way to the big screen this weekend. Both are love stories surrounding female characters. The most highly anticipated of the new releases is the last and final film in the Twilight series.
Bella adjusts to her transformation into a vampire in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. After giving birth to daughter Renesmee, Bella discovers that she has turned into a vampire and that her child has special powers. When others hear of the child, they seek to destroy the Cullen family. The PG-13 romantic drama runs for one hour and fifty-six minutes.
A man struggles with mental illness in the limited released film, Silver Linings Playbook. After spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solitano loses his job, wife and home, causing him to move in with his parents. As he tries to get his life back together, he meets and falls in love with an almost equally troubled woman. The two hour and two minute drama stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles. It's rated R for language, sex and nudity.
Keira Knightly and Jude Law star in the film adaptation of the Russian novel, Anna Karenina. It's the epic love story of a high societal woman who is married to a general but has a torrid romance with a cavalry officer. The relationship turns her world upside down. The two hour and ten minute drama is playing in limited theaters. It's rated R for sex and violence.
Actor John Barrymore is the focus of the aptly named drama, Barrymore. Christopher Plummer plays the former box office star in 1942. As his career is slowly fading away, he rents a theater to practice his lines for a revival of a play that helped make him famous 20 years earlier. As he rehearses, he reminisces about the successes and failures of his life. The one hour and twenty-three minute film is available in limited theaters.
A supermarket pricer's life is rejuvenated with the hiring of his new boss in Price Check. Pete used to live the high life in the music industry, but now he's married and working for a floundering supermarket. When Susan takes over as his new boss, he soon finds himself quickly moving up the corporate ladder. Spending extra hours at work with Susan sparks an extramarital affair. The unrated comedy stars Parker Posey and Eric Mabius. It's playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-two minutes.
National Geographic photographer James Balog captures images of the changing Icelandic landscape in Chasing Ice. With global warming in effect, the glaciers are drastically changing and disappearing by the hour. The one hour and fifteen minute documentary shows years worth of footage as a time lapse. The PG-13 film is playing in limited theaters.
The limited released documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, delves into the sexual abuse within the Catholic church. It unveils the story behind the first public claim of four deaf men against a priest. The unrated, one hour and forty-six minute film shows the church's coverup of the pedophilia charges.
Corruption within a religious group was brought to light this week with Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Next week, it's the judicial system that gets analyzed with The Central Park Five. Other films debuting in theaters on Nov. 23 are Red Dawn, Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians.
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