'Eclipse,' 'The Last Airbender': New Movies to See This Weekend

Sona Charaipotra

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson heat things up in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
It's Friday night! Time for dinner and a movie? The obvious pick this weekend is the third installment in The Twilight Saga, Eclipse. That is, assuming you can get tickets. Not in the mood for brooding bloodsuckers? You could check out M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. But I wouldn't waste my money if I were you.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

If you can actually score tickets to check out Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight Saga, this weekend, more power to you. The film, which stars Kristen Stewart as everygirl Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as her tortured bloodsucking beau Edward Cullen, took a record-breaking $65 million in one day, and has rabid Twi-hards nationwide panting anew. And with good reason. Take three has a meatier storyline than the first two films, and yeah, that's not saying much. But at least, for fans, there's a lot more action to sink your teeth into here (sorry, I couldn't help it). Which means it'll be that much easier to drag the hubs out to see it. In this one, an army of vampires (led by Bryce Dallas Howard, who replaces Rachelle Lefevre here as the evil Victoria) is out to slaughter the Cullen clan -- and all of Forks, Washington -- in an effort to capture Bella, who's once again managed to get herself in trouble. Will the Cullen clan join forces with their werewolf foes in order to save the town? Of course, the love triangle tension between Edward, Bella, and Jacob (the often shirtless -- and now legal -- Taylor Lautner) rages on, so look for a few racy love scenes, too. This is hardly an Oscar contender, but then again, no one really expects it to be.

The Last Airbender (Paramount/Nickelodeon)

M. Night Shyamalan had such promise. The writer-director broke out big in 1999 with The Sixth Sense, a tense thriller that made Hollywood -- and moviegoers -- sit up and take notice. Since then, he's delivered his own personal brand of dreckitude: recall films like The Village, The Happening, and, most alarmingly, The Lady in the Water. You see where this is going. Airbender is actually Shyamalan's take on a Nickelodeon animated series in which the planet is divided into four elements and there are some special folks who can manipulate these elements and one really special guy who can manipulate all of them! This guy is apparently important because he's like the harbinger of peace. Only thing, this really special guy disappeared 100 years ago, and since then the king (Cliff Curtis) of the Fire nation has been on a rampage, waging a merciless war against the other three realms. But one day, these orphans, Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Jackson Rathbone) find another kid, Aang (newcomer Noah Ringer), frozen in ice. And he happens to be -- you guessed it -- the Last Airbender. (Also known as the Avatar, since he can switch elements, but Shyamalan decided to drop that name because, you know, James Cameron made a really successful movie with that title last year.) Meanwhile, the King's meanie son Kuzo (Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel) is on the hunt for this Avatar while the kids try to fight the Fire nation and restore peace. Anyway, despite all the schnazzy special effects, the story is a snore. Instead, I'd focus on trying to score those Twilight tickets.

Are you checking out The Twilight Saga: Eclipse this weekend?

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