The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

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by Gary Cogill / WFAA-TV

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Posted on November 19, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

"New Moon," the first sequel in the "Twilight" saga is only slightly better than the original, but it's also a moody, talky, sappy melodrama. Bella, the high-schooler human is thrown into a deep depression when Edward the vampire breaks up with her in the forest.

So what does she do? She starts spending time with Jacob the werewolf, played by a buff Taylor Lautner.

"New Moon" is all about a love triangle between a vampire, a human, and a werewolf, and in this sequel, Bella, played with ultimate angst by Kristen Stewart. She never smiles, only pouts, and at two hours and ten minutes, that's a lot of pouting.

"New Moon" is directed with a bucket of melancholy by Chris Weitz, and features a screenload of shirtless young men making all the girls in the audience swoon. And that's the point. The "Twilight" movies don't have to be great, they just have to work, making it an odd artistic phenomenon. And yes, "New Moon" does work, in an angst driven soap opera way.

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