The Hunger Games 4, Mockingjay 2 (***) is grim and joyless

So if you are looking for things to blow up, expectant surprises to pop out or just plain misery to abound, you may like this film. If you want the same thing, but you want your daughter to feel like she can be a hero, better stick to The Force Awakens.

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The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay 1 (***)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - 2014 Director Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone Screenplay by Danny Strong, Peter Craig based on the book by Suzanne Collins At this point we've all become accepting of the process of dragging out books into multiple movies. … Continue reading The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay 1 (***)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (***1/2) more hunger, more games

  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 2013 Director Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland Screenplay Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn based on the book by Suzanne Collins After struggling through the first book of the series, The Hunger Games, I was not looking forward to the movie … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (***1/2) more hunger, more games

CPE, Em & El: Not quite an Epic, but it’ll do

Epic - 2013 Director Chris Wedge Starring Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Christoph Walz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler Written by William Joyce based on his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs In the end, I really expected nothing from this film, so I did not leave disappointed.  Epic … Continue reading CPE, Em & El: Not quite an Epic, but it’ll do

Red Dawn: It’s a thankless job, but thank God its not Invasion U.S.A.

Red Dawn - 2012 Director Dan Bradley Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Brett Cullen, Will Yun Lee Screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, based on the original screenplay by John Milius and Kevin Reynolds The thing about Red Dawn, in any incarnation is the sheer lunacy of the … Continue reading Red Dawn: It’s a thankless job, but thank God its not Invasion U.S.A.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island; There will be a third.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - 2012 Director Brad Peyton Starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman Screenplay by Brian and Mark Gunn Luis Guzman has been in a bunch of good films, and he has done well in them.  Films like The Limey, Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights, Traffic and Dreamer.  He's … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island; There will be a third.