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This week, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reprise their beloved "Twilight" characters on screen one last time in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," the final chapter in the young-adult series based on the books by Stephenie Meyer.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'
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Box Office: $292 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Rotten
Storyline: In this final chapter of "The Twilight Saga," Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakens as a newborn vampire and begins her new life with her sparkly vampire husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson), and their half-vampire daughter, Renesmee. Domestic bliss is short-lived as the Volturi clan, led by Aro (Michael Sheen), arrives from Rome for a final showdown with the Cullens and werewolves. Meanwhile, shirt-challenged werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has "imprinted" on the quickly growing Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), becoming her lifelong protector.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary by director Bill Condon; a seven-part documentary; "Jump To" functionality, which allows you to go directly to scenes with either Edward or Jacob; a music video for Green Day's "The Forgotten"; and a brief featurette on the challenges of filming both parts of "Breaking Dawn" simultaneously.
We Say: Although it's a welcome change of pace to see Bella rise as a powerful vampire instead of being a damsel torn between two supernatural hunks, the last "Twilight" isn't going to convert anyone who wasn't already on board for this vampy young adult romance. The final battle between the Voluturi and Cullens seems promising until it ends up being a big cheat, and the idea of Jacob "imprinting" on a young girl is, frankly, creepy and difficult to sell on screen. Still, for Twi-hards, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is a satisfying sendoff for their beloved characters.
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Box Office: $187 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Fresh
Storyline: The titular character (John C. Reilly) in this animated blockbuster is tired of being the designated villain in his video game and overshadowed by good-guy Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Ralph ventures out and explores other video games in the arcade, meeting tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person shooter "Hero's Duty" and the glitchy-but-spirited misfit Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the Skittles-colored racing game "Sugar Rush." After Ralph unintentionally unleashes an enemy that could destroy the arcade world, will he be able to rise as a hero at last?
Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain the wonderful Oscar-winning animated short "Paperman." All of the other extras are Blu-ray exclusives, including hints to the disc's Easter eggs, a making-of featurette, alternate and deleted scenes,and four commercials for the faux video games featured in the movie. The Blu-ray 3D combo pack brings the action home in three dimensions, as it was in theaters.
We Say: Loud, colorful, frantic and with enough references to classic arcade games like Q*bert to keep parents engaged, "Wreck-It Ralph" will appeal to the whole family and stir up some nostalgic feelings in older viewers who grew up plunking quarters into machines like these.
'Red Dawn' (2012)
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Box Office: $45 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 11% Rotten
Storyline: A group of teenagers (including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck and Adrienne Palicki) in Spokane, Washington wake up to find North Korean paratroopers dropping from the sky in a surprise attack on the United States. The courageous teens decide to fight for their town and their freedom in this remake of the 1984 film of the same name.
Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes titled "'Red Dawn' Rising," "Building the 'Red' Menace," "Training for WWIII" and "WWIII Comes to Town."
We Say: The original film was hardly a classic, but at least it took place during the Cold War, when the Russian threat seemed entirely plausible. The North Koreans (they were originally supposed to be Chinese, but the studio wanted the movie to open in China) storming Spokane in this remake have no clear agenda yet the cast plays it dead serious and void of charisma. Just play "Call of Duty" instead and pull the plug on this uninspired remake.
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