LOS ANGELES - Also out this week: Surfing movie 'Chasing Mavericks' and gory 'Girls Against Boys.'
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
2012, Summit Entertainment, PG-13, $31; Blu-ray, $40
The fifth and final installment of the romantic fantasy series concludes the Stephenie Meyer-authored love story of vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison) and his once-human wife, Bella (Kristen Stewart), who have to fight off another band of vampires, the Volturi, led by Aro (Michael Sheen). They want to kill the Cullens' rapidly growing daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), but the family and the girl's werewolf protector, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), stand in their way.
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says: * * out of four. "Fans of the series, which has made more than $2 billion worldwide, will no doubt find it all terribly romantic and deeply meaningful. The rest of humanity will remain unmoved."
2012, Weinstein Co., R, $30; Blu-ray, $40
A disillusioned World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix), struggling to fit into postwar society, finds himself drawn to the charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of "The Cause." But the religious teachings may not be enough to break his cycle of anger and self-destructive behavior. Puig: * * ½
2012, Fox, PG, $23; Blu-ray, $30
This fact-based story tells of Jay Moriarty's (Jonny Weston) dream of surfing the big Maverick waves in Half Moon Bay, Calif. To help him get ready for the dangerous challenge, the 16-year-old gets help from local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), with whom he forms a life-long bond. Puig: * *
Girls Against Boys
2013, Anchor Bay, R, $23; Blu-ray, $25
After being dumped by her boyfriend and later raped by another guy, Shae (Danielle Panabaker) and Lu (Nicole LaLiberte) embark on a gory killing spree, terrorizing and taking revenge on those who have troubled them, as well as dispatching some who just had the bad luck of crossing their path.
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