'Breaking Dawn,' 'Anna Karenina,' And More: Double Feature Friday!


This week at theaters, vampires, Russians, and the depressed.

Check out all of this week's pairing on Double Feature Friday!

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" & "Lincoln"

Here me out on this one. The order in which you watch these two is essential. You have to go see "Lincoln" first. In the historical drama from Steven Spielberg, Lee Pace plays Representative Fernando Wood, a dastardly opponent to Lincoln's proposed 13th amendment to free the slaves. You grow to hate him passionately over the course of two and a half hours, so much so that's it's conceivable that Rep. Wood isn't a man at all. He's so wicked, he could be a vampire. *Mind blown sounds* Then proceed to watch "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" as if Pace's character Garrett is actual Rep. Wood, much later in his immortal life. Enjoy.

"Anna Karenina" & "Hanna"

With "Anna Karenina," Joe Wright delivers another intriguing cinematic experience. His previous effort, the unjustly under-seen "Hanna," remains a fun piece of genre work that should have found a larger audience. It's a complete change of pace for the director, who made a name for himself on costume-y period pieces (we'll forget about "The Soloist"). Instead of the class-based drama, "Hanna" mashes up fairy tale tropes and the spy genre to spin one great yarn.

"Silver Linings Playbook" & "Winter's Bone"

Before she was Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence earned an Academy Award nomination for playing Ree Dolly, the tough-as-nails daughter of an Ozarks meth dealer. Since it's pretty much a lock that Lawrence will once again get a nomination for her work as Tiffany in "Silver Linings Playbook," now seems like a good time to take a look back at the role that proved to the world how amazing Lawrence can be.

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.