‘HUNGER GAMES’ GOBBLES THE COMPETITION - Movie of the Week
‘HUNGER GAMES’ GOBBLES THE COMPETITION
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
The big movie opening this week is the final “Hunger Games” adventure, of course, but there are some other major movies on the docket as well, including Julia Roberts’ first starring role in a while.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” (PG-13). This is, of course, the fourth film in the apocalyptic sci-fi franchise with Jennifer Lawrence leading a band of rebels to overthrow the corrupt government, led by Donald Sutherland. Co-stars include Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone and Natalie Dormer.
“Secret in Their Eyes” (PG-13). Remake of an Argentine thriller (taken from a novel) about two police detectives (Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor) and a district attorney (Nicole Kidman) who discover that a rape/murder victim is the teenage daughter of one of the cops (Roberts). The case goes cold for 13 years, but then the killer is identified, and Roberts wants revenge.
“Spotlight” (R). True story of the Boston Globe’s investigative “Spotlight” team digging into allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts, resulting in a series of articles that earned the Pulitzer Prize. Stars include Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber.
“By the Sea” (R). Angelina Jolie wrote and directed this graphically sexual domestic melodrama set in 1970s France, and she and husband Brad Pitt star as, respectively, a former dancer and a blocked writer who spend time mingling with people in a quiet seaside town. Eventually they become voyeurs, spying on the sexual acrobatics of the newlyweds in the next room.
“The Night Before” (R). Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogan star in this sleazy comedy about three childhood friends (two of them Jewish) looking for a rowdy party on Christmas Eve. Co-stars include James Franco, Miley Cyrus, Mindy Kaling and Michael Shannon.
“Room” (R). A young woman and her 5-year-old son escape from the confinement of a small room where they have been forced to live for five years, giving the boy his first opportunity to experience the outside world. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Asthma” (Not Rated). A drug-addict (Benedict Samuel) and a tattoo artist (Krysten Ritter) hit the open road in a stolen Rolls Royce and ponder why the ’70s was a much cooler decade than this one. Co-stars include Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette and Iggy Pop. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)