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The Twilight Saga - New Moon (12) THE love affair between teenage misfit Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) reaches a crossroads. Edward and the Cullen clan are forced to flee the close-knit community of Forks, Washington, if Bella is ever to be safe. Abandoned by her soul(less) mate, the teenager becomes a shadow of her former self until her relationship with buffed-up family friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) takes an exciting new turn.

Bloodthirsty predator Laurent returns to deal Bella a fatal blow at the behest of vengeful Victoria, but a new protector is there in the girl's hour of need. New Moon is glossy froth but it's extremely well made, apart from some of the digitally generated werewolves. Director Chris Weitz certainly likes his musical montages as he employs them almost back-to-back in the opening hour, but like everything else, they are polished to a sheen. Pattinson and Lautner spend a n inordinate amount of time with their shirts off, while Stewart teases out her heroine's internal anguish as Bella finds herself torn between morose Edward and hot-blooded Jacob. 1

FILM ... EXTRAS None Skins - Season 4 (15) THE at times brilliant Bristol-based teen drama gets ever darker, propelled by the usual excellent soundtrack.

Effy and Freddie's relationship in particular begins to implode while Cook's aggression sees him end up in prison, though even that can't hold his force of nature persona.

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Harry Brown (18) HARRY Brown (Sir Michael Caine) is a widower on a crime-riddled estate under the control of a gang of thugs. The war veteran's closest pal Leonard is being terrorised and decides to use a blade to protect himself. A day later, DCI Frampton (Emily Mortimer) arrives with news Leonard has been found stabbed to death. Harry swears revenge and sets about finding the killers. Harry Brown is an incredibly accomplished debut for British director Daniel Barber. The film strikes very few false emotional notes, emboldened by Caine's fearless lead performance as a man with nothing to lose.

Reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, this is far more hard-hitting and gritty, opening with a gang initiation comprising shooting a nameless woman on the street. It is the first of many cases of senseless bloodletting as the tight narrative leads the vigilante on his heartbreaking odyssey.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2010
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