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New Fall Movie Releases

From The Muppets To Scorsese

Above: Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret in "Hugo."

Aired 11/22/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie.

Transcript

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, turkey isn't the only thing worth looking forward to. Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie, sat down with Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh to talk about the latest fall movies.

"The Descendants" is director Alexander Payne's newest film and stars George Clooney. It reveals Payne's growing maturity as a filmmaker as it focuses on one family dealing with grief and loss.

"The Muppets" is the first Muppet film in twelve years and was co-written by actor Jason Segel. It gathers all the familiar Muppet character as they put on a telethon to raise money to save their old studio. It's great to see the Muppets together again but there's not enough scenes with them. Segel puts too much emphasis on human characters. But any Muppet film is hard to resist and this has its fair share of delightful moments. The film opens tomorrow throughout San Diego.Check out the trailer below.

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"The Muppets" Trailer

Above: "The Muppets" Trailer by ClevverMovies

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1" is the first part of the latest and final installment of the "Twilight" saga. It reunites Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) for the wedding of season. It's yet another bodice-busting installment of this sparkling vampire series. You can read Beth's review here. Now playing in San Diego.

"Hugo" is directed by Martin Scorsese and is based on the children's graphic novel by Brian Selznick. The film is an homage to the movies and in that respect, Martin Scorsese is the perfect director. But Scorsese gets distracted by the 3D technology and turns the film into a 2-hour PSA for film preservation. The film does have magical moments but most of those are from the clips of Georges Melies' magnificent and playful silent films. "Hugo" opens tomorrow in San Diego. Check out the trailer below.

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"Hugo" Trailer

Above: "Hugo" Trailer by FilmsActuTrailers

"Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is the new biopic of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Now playing, through Thursday, at the Ken Cinema in Kensington. You can read Beth's review here.

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