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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ examines critical moment in U.S. history; ‘Twilight Saga’ concludes
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Genre: Drama, romance and thriller
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser and Nikki Reed
Director: Bill Condon
Rated: PG-13

Every moment has led to this.

The highly anticipated final installment of “The Twilight Saga,” directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

In “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakens transformed – she is now a mother and finally ... a vampire. While her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) delights in her beauty, speed, and uncommon self-control, newborn Bella has never felt more alive; and the destiny of her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined in that of their exceptional daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The arrival of a creature so rare cements an extended family, but will soon ignite forces that threaten to destroy them all.

With more of the struggle, romance, passion, mystery, and action that made “Twilight,” “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” international blockbusters, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” concludes the universally adored tale of love, family, courage, empowerment and destiny.

Based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling book series, the novels and films constitute a full-blown cultural phenomenon with a dedicated global fan base that has eagerly awaited each installment.

Lincoln
Genre: Biography and drama
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rated: PG-13

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office.

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Anna Karenina
Genre: Drama
Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Emily Watson
Director: Joe Wright
Rated: R

The timeless story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia.

The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams), who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot – and will not – be ignored.

The Moscow household is also visited by Oblonsky's best friend Levin (Domhnall Gleeson), an overly sensitive and compassionate landowner. Levin is in love with Dolly's younger sister Kitty (Alicia Vikander). Inopportunely, he proposes to Kitty but she is infatuated with Vronsky. Devastated, Levin returns to his Pokrovskoe estate and throws himself into farm work. Kitty herself is heartbroken when, at a grand ball, Vronsky only has eyes for Anna and the married woman reciprocates the younger man's interest.

Anna struggles to regain her equilibrium by rushing home to St. Petersburg, where Vronsky follows her. She attempts to resume her familial routine, but is consumed by thoughts of Vronsky. A passionate affair ensues, which scandalizes St. Petersburg society. Karenin is placed in an untenable position and is forced to give his wife an ultimatum. In attempting to attain happiness, the decisions Anna makes pierce the veneer of an image-obsessed society, reverberating with romantic and tragic consequences that dramatically change her and the lives of all around her.

Chasing Ice
Genre: Documentary
Cast: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson and Adam LeWinter
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Not rated

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.

Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

“Chasing Ice” is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. “Chasing Ice” depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Price Check
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Matt Servitto, Annie Parisse, Finn Donoghue, Victor Cruz, Amy Beth Schumer and Josh Pais
Director: Michael Walker
Not rated

Pete Cozy has found himself a house in the suburbs and a job in the pricing department of a middling supermarket chain.

Pete's job allows him to spend quality time with his wife and young son and, despite the fact that they are drowning in debts, they appear happy. Everything changes when Pete gets a new boss, the beautiful, high-powered, fast talking Susan Felders. With Susan's influence, Pete finds himself on the executive track … something that both surprises and excites him. The more his salary increases, the more he has to perform at work … and the less time he gets to spend with his family.

At the same time, his relationship with his boss begins to cross the line of professional etiquette. Both become enamored with one another – creating tension in the workplace and in his personal home life.

“Price Check” is a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve.
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