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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 | Francis Lawrence

November 24, 2015
Mockingjay (2015)

After surviving multiple rounds of teenage gladiatorial combat, inadvertently inciting an armed uprising, and becoming a media darling and symbol for revolt against a tyrannical dictatorship, Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, but you knew that) is tired of all the killing. But when the leader of the rebel forces (Julianne Moore) orders her to stay behind and help produce more propaganda for…

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Sicario | Denis Villeneuve

September 22, 2015
Sicario

After a raid gone bad, FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, on a hell of a winning streak) is detailed by a “consultant” (Josh Brolin), probably CIA, to ride shotgun on what’s supposed to be a trip to Phoenix but turns out to be over the border in Juarez. Also tagging along is the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), who is so stoic and immediately, obviously hyper-competent that he’s instantly terrifying. Macer knows she’s in over her head, but her…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Francis Lawrence

November 20, 2014
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After two Hunger Games films setting the stage for revolution in the future dystopia of PanEm, audiences are apparently finally ready for a third film setting up a feature-length climax evidently to be offered next year. In the fine tradition of modern studio-franchise moviemaking, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 takes the final novel of a young-adult series and cuts it in half, stripping out the exciting parts to save for a later movie while retaining all the exposition, thus making…

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Kick-Ass | Matthew Vaughn

April 20, 2010
Kick-Ass (2010)

The problem with Kick-Ass is that it has too much Kick-Ass in it. That statement could be read a couple of ways, all true. There’s a terrific story and a terrific film in this material—there’s probably several terrific films, truth be told—but for Matthew Vaughn’s version to work like it should, he needed a different protagonist. So what’s wrong with Kick-Ass? Haven’t we all dreamed of righting wrongs, of playing the hero and garnering the admiration of a grateful city? Dave…

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Best of the Decade in Horror (2000 – 2009)

November 1, 2009
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Few genres lend themselves as well to a specific holiday as horror does to Halloween. Not every film of the genre directly connects with the holiday (though there’s about 90 Halloween sequels to compensate), but the vibe of Halloween night, the tradition of dressing up like so many horror movie icons, certainly aligns the two in a way that’s hard to deny. So on the occasion of the last Halloween in the first decade of the new millennium…

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