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Read this: 'New Moon' (some other movies, too)

Taylor Lautner (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Good afternoon, everyone. The big day is finally here -- or at least the next incremental big day along this strange, manic "Twilight" journey. The saga's second film, "New Moon," opens today. (Yes, this is why your local multiplex is crawling with angsty tweens.)

So, how is it? Michael O'Sullivan says "New Moon" is full "visceral pleasures," not least of which are actor Taylor Lautner's abs:

When Lautner -- who reportedly put on 30 pounds of muscle for the bulked-up role of someone who has just found out he's a teenage werewolf -- takes off his shirt in the movie, the audience let out something between a gasp and a scream. It was like nothing I have ever heard in any horror movie. The kid's abs are the best special effect in the movie.

Also opening this weekend: "The Blind Side" ("much better than its ads, largely because it's based on the true story of Michael Oher and Leigh Anne Tuohy") and "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (a Werner Herzog movie starring Xzibit and Nicolas Cage, that Ann Hornaday actually says isn't bad).

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Paul Farhi profiles local traffic guru Bob Marbourg. Sarah Kaufman bemoans the hegemony of "The Nutcracker." And Jason Horowitz is still hot on Sarah Palin's book tour trail.

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By The Reliable Source  |  November 20, 2009; 2:08 PM ET
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He is a very odd-looking boy. It's like a committee described "cute" to a computer and this is what it created.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 22, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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