The gist: A teenaged girl falls for a dreamy, boyish, nonthreatening vampire who swears he doesn't drink human blood, but then the angry vampire kids move to town and turn the place into The Lost Boys. But if you're going to see this, you likely have read the books and know what happens. PG-13
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Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Cigandet, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone.
The buzz: About what you'd expect from PG vamp tales consumed by swooning teens. "A disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise," Variety says.
The gist: A TV dog thinks he's an action hero, but learns that he really isn't when he gets shipped off to the Big Apple. But really, we're all superdogs on the inside, you see. PG
Starring: Voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Diedrich Bader, Malcolm McDowell and Nick Swardson.
The buzz: Some sturdy, serviceable animated action in time for the holidays. "It might not be best in show, but Disney's latest dog picture is still fetching," the Hollywood Reporter says.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The gist: An odd, supposedly symbolic telling about innocence lost in wartime. The son of a Nazi death camp commandant befriends a prisoner in the camp. PG-13
Starring: David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield and Jack Scalon.
The buzz: Opinions vary wildly. "This beautifully rendered family film is told in a classic and old-fashioned style, in the best sense, providing poignant and powerful teachable moments," USA Today raves. Meanwhile, the New York Times refuses to buy into the hype: "See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't."
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org