THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner,
Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone,
Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek & Maggie Grace
Directed by Bill Condon for distribution by Summit
The Plot: Edward and Bella put everything on the line to save their daughter and their lineage.
The Final Word: People of all ages have at one time or another attempted to get into the franchise and become a fan. The saga’s success has even led to Lionsgate paying over $400 million to acquire franchise distributor Summit, in a deal ensuring they’d control the film rights (and residuals) to both “Twilight” and its box office successor “The Hunger Games.”
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook & Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by Steven Spielberg for distribution by DreamWorks
The Plot: The final days of America’s 16th President are recounted as Abraham Lincoln battles to end slavery.
The Final Word: With Spielberg attached to direct and Day-Lewis signed as the star, “Lincoln” became a surefire Oscar contender from day one. Along with Oscar winners Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, along with the incomparable David Strathairn and rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the movie has slowly been gaining buzz in its early limited release. This week’s expansion is set to bring in a whole new audience eager to see the bio-pic inspired by the material of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals” novel.