‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ brings franchise to an epic close

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ends with Peeta (Hutcherson) trying to choke the life out of Katniss (Lawrence) who has become the Mockingjay, symbol of the rebellion against President Snow (Sutherland) and the capitol of Panem.  Part 2 begins with Katniss recovering from that assault and the rebels attempting to undo what had been done to Peeta.  He’d been tortured and brainwashed using the venom of tracker-jackers.

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‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is an intense, fast-paced experience

Jennifer Lawrence is back in the hunt in 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
Jennifer Lawrence is back in the hunt in ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

[rating=4]Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland
Writer(s): Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt; Based upon the novel by Suzanne Collins
Director: Francis Lawrence

When The Hunger Games was released in 2012, the talk around town was how a story that involves killing kids could keep a PG-13 rating in order to attract the audience that propelled the original novels to the top of the bestselling lists. The filmmakers were creative. Violence was shrouded by foliage. The filming, choppy and chaotic.

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‘Red Dawn’ is proof most films should not be remade

Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in 'Red Dawn'
Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in ‘Red Dawn’

[rating=2]Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Brett Cullen, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Will Yun Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Michael Beach
Director(s):  Dan Bradley
Writer(s):  Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, from the original screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and John Milius

It is nearly impossible to evaluate the remake of a film without comparing it to the original.  In the case of Red Dawn, the original was a better than average film that was perfectly cast and told a topical tale of the times.

The same cannot be said in any measure about the 2012 remake directed by Dan Bradley.

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‘The Hunger Games’ is a winner… even if you didn’t read the books

Jennifer Lawrence takes aim in 'The Hunger Games'
Jennifer Lawrence takes aim in ‘The Hunger Games’

[rating=3]Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland
Director(s): Gary Ross
Writer(s): Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, from the novel by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is the first novel in a trilogy by author Suzanne Collins.  It was a breakout novel when first published and to give a better idea of its success and of the rest of the trilogy, Ms Collins was recently feted as being the best-selling Kindle author of all time.

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