Movie boffin: what’s happening at the cinema

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22 November 2013

Have you booked your ticket for the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (10-12PG)? Chances are you’ll battle to find seats if you leave it too late.

Have you booked your ticket for the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (10-12PG)? Chances are you’ll battle to find seats if you leave it too late.

The sequel to dystopian-themed The Hunger Games follows on the first flick ending with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) saving herself and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Her actions, however, has sparked a rebellion among the oppressed people of each distric.

To quash the uprising and ensure Katniss and Peeta’s deaths President Snow (Donald Sutherland) rules that previous Hunger Games winners must take part in the next Games so Katniss and Peeta go back into the arena.

Empire magazine’s Ian Nathan gave it four stars. “This second grittier, more confident round thrills us into submission.”

Many critics also praised Jennifer Lawrence, such as David Kaplan of Kaplanvskaplan.com, who wrote, “Lawrence exudes a combination of feistiness, confidence and beauty that couldn’t be embodied by any other young actress working today.”

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Enough Said (10 VSD) is helmed by The Kids Are All Right director Nicole Holofcener. He’s masterful in his direction of this comedy drama about Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who starts a relationship with Albert (James Gandolfini). She also makes a new friend, Marianne (Catherine Keener), whose only flaw is that she constantly bad-mouths her ex-husband. Things are going well until Eva realises Albert is Marianne’s ex. . .

Many critics felt this is Holofcener’s best film to date and it received 95 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, where it was described as “wryly charming, impeccably acted and ultimately quite bittersweet”.

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Detachment (16 L) stars Adrien Brody as a troubled substitute teacher brought in to teach English at an inner-city school. Previously he’s moved on before he could form an emotional attachment but this time he can’t help bonding with some of the learners and staff.

Most critics found the film bleak. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 56 per cent and the consensus was that although “Detachment’s heart is in the right place, overall it doesn’t offer any solutions to its passionate ranting”.

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Bridesmaid’s star Kristen Wiig plays the title role in Imogene (10-12PG L), also known as Girl Most Likely. This comedy drama is about a wannabe New York playwright who pretends to commit suicide to garner the sympathy of her ex-boyfriend who just dumped her. Instead she ends up in the care of her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) and must return to her hometown in New Jersey.

Despite Wiig’s star status it was panned. Empire’s Olly Richards described it as “a thin soup of weak jokes and contrived drama”.

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A young audience might enjoy Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG V), an animated adventure made by Spain’s Kandor Graphics. It’s about a young boy, Justin (voiced by Freddie Highmore), who lives in a land where knights are outlawed. But Justin longs to follow in grandfather Sir Roland’s footsteps and become a knight so he sets out on a quest to find Sir Roland’s lost sword.

It didn’t fare well in critics’ ratings. Watch it only if there’s nothing else on the big screen for little ones.

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