Movie Diary 11/19/2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chris Weitz, 2009). Everybody’s shirtless, almost, in the sequel to the pretty good Twilight. Kristen Stewart is excellent, the CGI dogs are not, the Northwest locations are convincing, the final line is daft. (full review 11/20)

Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater, 2009). Nice idea about a kid (Zac Efron) signing on for a minor role in Welles’ 1937 production of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theatre. Some gracefully rendered insights and a real Wellesian energy from Christian McKay. (full review 12/11)

Ninja Assassin (James McTeigue, 2009). Haven’t seen this much bodily mortification since The Passion of the Christ. With the secret mountain lair and the many flying implements of death, this should be more fun. (full review 11/25)

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