My View: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) PG-13 Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have returned triumphantly from the Hunger Games. Their victory has sparked a rebellion, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has made it his mission to squash the rebellion, even if it means the destruction of Katniss. Just like the first film, this film is very similar to the book, including changing the color of the Prim’s cat from black and white in the first film to the correct shade of orange. I think that the action sequences in this film are better than in the first film, and Lawrence does an brilliant job as the valiant Katniss. I do think this film does not have the same emotional level that the first film had but that may be just because we now understand the world that Katniss is trying to survive in. It is worth seeing it in IMAX, since almost 50 minutes was shot in the IMAX format. I look forward to the next two films in continuing on the adventure with Katniss and her friends. . My Rating: Full Price The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Website
My View: Delivery Man (2013) PG-13 David (Vince Vaughn) basically skates through life, making almost no effort in his relationship with his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) or at his family owned business. This all changes when David is told that, through a mistake at a fertility clinic, he has fathered more than 500 children. Now more than 100 of his kids are suing to find out who is their real father. How can a man who has escaped responsibility his whole life be a father to so many children? This film is a remake of the French-Canadian film Starbuck, which I really liked last year. The problem with this film is it is exactly like Starbuck, except shot in English. Most of the scenes in this film match the earlier film shot for shot. The big difference is the casting. I like the casting in the Starbuck film much more than in the American film. The lead in Starbuck was much more of a sad-sack looking guy, while Vince Vaughn looks too much like his role in Swingers. The woman who played his girlfriend in Starbuck looked like she could beat him up, where I just don’t believe Cobie as a cop (and yes, I know she is an agent of Shield in the Marvel world, but she just looks out of place in a cop uniform). The film absolutely brings nothing new to the screen, so if you want to see this film, rent Starbuck and skip the theatre My Rating: Cable Delivery Man Website
Indiefest: The Book Thief (2013) PG-13 Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is handed over, by her mother, to a foster family in pre-World War II Nazi Germany. Liesel tries to fit in with her foster parents, the kind-hearted Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and the strict Rosa (Emily Watson). Soon, a new houseguest arrives, a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) whom the family must hide from the authorities, as his very presence threatens Liesel’s new family. Fans of the bestselling book may be slightly upset at some of the changes the film makes from the book, but the heart and message of the book are still there, inside the film. It’s an inspiring story of the power of words, and the movie is expertly cast. Nelisse is spot on playing Liesel, a girl who is trying to overcome so much with the help of her adopted family. Geoffrey Rush gives one of his better performances as the kind-hearted Hans. The film can be tough at times to watch as it is about the Holocaust, but ultimately, it’s inspiring. My Rating: Full Price The Book Thief Website
Indiefest: Kill Your Darlings (2013) R In 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) enrolls in Columbia University to become a poet in the big city of New York. He soon encounters Lucien (Dane DeHaan) a ringleader of the ragtag group of writers, including William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), who are bent on changing the world, one word at a time. This is a film about the origins of the “Beat Generation” of writers. I especially like Radcliffe in the lead role of Allen Ginsberg. He plays Ginsberg as a young man who is in search to find his voice and to come to terms with his sexuality. Foster, as the weird and eccentric Burroughs, is perfect in the role and Michael C. Hall, who plays the key part of a former lover of Lucien, is his usual creepy self. The film is an interesting look at a time that the world was at war, and it’s young generation was trying to find a way to express themselves. My Rating: Full Price Kill Your Darlings Website
Forgotten Film: What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) PG Before there was Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and Rifftrax, there was Woody Allen, who took making fun of bad movies to new heights. Allen bought a Japanese action film titled “International Secret Police: Key of Keys” , took out the dialogue track and redubbed with English speaking voices, using a script that isn’t even close to the original plot. Not all the jokes work, but there are so many of them, that it’s just a fun film to watch. My Rating: Bargain Matinee What's Up, Tiger Lily? Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD/Blu-ray): The World’s End (2013) R loved this film from the makers of Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). Five friends decide to reunite to relive a pub-crawl, and things start going very badly from almost the beginning. This is one of those films you will have to see twice since you will be laughing and not hear all the lines. My Rating: Full Price The World's End Website
Weird Credits: From the credits of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Ethnic Flute
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) PG-13 This should be a sure thing Oscar nomination for Idris Elba in the lead role. This film has been ten years in the making about the legendary South African Nelson Mandela. Mandela:The Long Walk Home Website
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