Posted on 17 November 2011.
Curling a handyman father and his tween daughter share a strange existence in rural Quebec. Expect creepy occurrences, curious neighbors and oddball humor. In French with subtitles. Not rated.
The Descendants Life should be sweet for a land baron in Hawaii, but Matt (George Clooney) knows better. Things can’t get worse: the apathetic hubby’s wife suffers an accident; now he’s the prime parent – and did someone mention the word betrayal? Rated R.
Dragonslayer the economically tortured side of Fullerton (Orange County) – as in its empty swimming pools – becomes a skater punk’s nirvana in this high-voltage documentary. Local star Josh “Skreech” Sandoval teeters between mayhem and adulthood as a new dad. but how to handle government greed, mouths to feed and indie ethos? Not rated.
Happy Feet Two Mumble the penguin (Elijah Wood) nudges son Erik to tap his inner hoofer, but the tyke just doesn’t feel it. what wows Erik? the flying penguin the Mighty Sven – and when Dad steps up to confront a disaster looming over the penguin nations. Rated PG.
The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch the murder of billionaire financier Nerio Winch creates a cascade of chaos. while the money hungry eye his empire, his secret adoptive son Largo emerges, plotting vengeance. In French, English and Croatian with subtitles. Not rated.
The Other F Word In this rollicking documentary, musical dads talk frankly about doting on the kids while maintaining their street cred, from Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus to Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea. Not rated.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: part 1 After an eternity of waiting, Bella and Edward tie the knot, go on a bed-busting honeymoon, then warily watch her tummy bulge way too fast. will the baby be the end of Bella or the start of a new existence? Rated PG-13.
Tyrannosaur a jobless boozer with a temper and a charity-shop worker gravitate toward each other. he warns her he’s no good, but it becomes painfully clear that she’s no stranger to trouble. Not rated.
The Woodmans Francesca Woodman’s daring black-and-white images – a lot of them nude self-portraits – seize your attention. this documentary sifts through her work, relationships and the competitive art world for enlightenment about her 1981 suicide at 22. Not rated.
Young Goethe in Love Johann Goethe flops at school, hungers to be a poet and irks his father. then Cupid strikes, and he meets Lotte, who sets afire his heart, art and destiny. Their romance may be fleeting, but their love will be immortal. In German with subtitles. Not rated.
This article appeared on page G – 23 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Movies opening Friday, Nov. 18