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Film Fans say 'Twilight' knocks 'em (un)dead

Special Photo: Summit
 Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” 

Special Photo: Summit Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” 

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3 out of 4 stars

“Twilight” fans will not be disappointed with the newest installment of “Eclipse.” What the first two movies lack, this one more than makes up for it.

The Cullen family looks absolutely gorgeous as always. We finally get a glimpse of Rosalie’s and Jasper’s pasts. And there is the obvious love triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob that continues to mesmerize the audience.

This movie finally gives us a great action scene between the good and the bad. Team Jacob? Team Edward? Hard to decide, both look yummy to me. It’s a must see.

— Kimberly Watson, Dacula

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

I consider “Twilight” (directed by Catherine Hardwicke) a cinematographic success and “New Moon” (directed by Chris Weitz) a pit of nonaction. Thus, I approached “Eclipse” warily, ready for disappointment but willing to give the third director (David Slade) a fighting chance.

Imagine my surprise to discover not only a passable plot, creative props, humorous lines and believable characters (if you can overlook the absurd eye colors and every scene with Dakota Fanning), but also some pleasingly mature themes.

“Eclipse” manages to salvage a bit of the first movie’s irresistible charm: we feel Bella’s pain again, we sympathize with both Edward and Jacob and our crush on Charlie continues to develop. Don’t miss seeing this one on the big screen.

— Jenni McKinney, Buford

4 out of 4 stars

Regardless of whether you play for Team Edward or Team Jacob, “Eclipse,” the latest installment in the “Twilight” phenomenon, does not disappoint.

The guys are hotter than ever, the action is bigger and the choices are now life changing. It goes without saying that the faithful will devour this supernatural love triangle but with the addition of an edgier director (David Slade), the series has finally hit its stride and feels more like the blockbuster the franchise deserves.

The only dull thing about the film is Bella herself (Kristen Stewart). Too bad it’s her movie.

— Lindsey Hodges, Snellville