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Can only George Clooney save us?

Judy Greer in The Descendants

Judy Greer in The Descendants.

Cinema of the damned - more vampires, those penguins, Clooney

- by Shawn Conner Jack and Jill, the latest Adam Sandler motion picture, has risen to a whopping four per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That's an increase of one per cent in just a few days! But if you're still not convinced to shell out $$ for this cinematic achievement, consider a few other movies opening this weekend, including one that may just give Sandler a run for his money - the sequel to the animated penguin opus (no pun intended) Happy Feet. There's something for the tweens and teens too, as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (yes, that's the title!) puts millions of Twilight fans out of their misery and into the multiplex. For moviegoers looking for something that actually touches on human experience, George Clooney plays a man trying to reconnect with his daughters in The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - This is the big one, and you can be forgiven for thinking (or hoping) that it was already released (that was the first part of the last part of the Harry Potter franchise. This is the first part of the last part of the vampire thing). All you really need to know about this one - especially if the question is "How good is the dialogue?" - is in the trailer. Trailer - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: Happy Feet Two - This animated sequel to the hit about penguins in Antarctica is currently sitting at a 36 per cent approval rating on RT. In one of the more positive reviews, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, write: "The best animated film of 2011 with its quirky characters, lively dancing, soaring songs, and the heroism of many different animals banding together in face of an eco-disaster that threatens them all." That's from Spirituality and Practice, second only to Cahiers du cinema when it comes to esteemed film criticism (sarcasm!). (Read our Happy Feet Two review.) Trailer - Happy Feet Two: No! The Descendants - This slice-of-life comedy/drama is currently sitting at an 89 per cent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but that could be what we call a relief, or shellshock, rating; i.e., a rating that is the result of critics being so relieved that The Descendants isn't Jack and Jill that they're willing to overlook any number of possible flaws. Anyway, the movie looks to repeat the winning tone of star George Clooney's Up In the Air, and with Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) directing, it's possible. Trailer - The Descendants: Tyrannosaur - Written and directed by British actor Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur is about a guy who seeks redemption after killing his dog. "British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt," writes the Village Voice's Melissa Anderson.

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