Not even the baying hounds of Hell can prevent The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) from filling theaters this weekend. Maybe a pallid Robert Pattinson, if he publicly announces that he's engaged, dashing the dreams of pubescent girls (and some menopausal moms) worldwide.
New Moon continues the story — sorry, but "saga" is a bit overblown — of love between sullen teenage vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and mopey mortal Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Things aren't going well, since Edward's blood relatives would like to have Bella over for dinner (literally). He leaves dreary Forks, Wash., to save her life, breaking her heart in the process.
But wait, there's a werewolf in the henhouse. Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has bulked up from his wimpy Twilight appearance, and Bella's noticing. Jacob is part of a lycanthropic clan that becomes Bella's protectors. You know Edward will hear about that, and it'll be on.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon wasn't screened in time for Weekend. Look for a review today at entertainment.tampabay.com, and Friday on Etc, Page 2B.
Steve Persall, Times film critic