The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

The Hunger Games franchise has been a revelation for young-adult cinema.  Dark and intelligent, it has taken issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and propaganda and put them on-screen for millions of teenagers around the world.  It’s also proven for any idiots out there that still believe otherwise, that a female character can lead an action series and still make shitloads of money.  With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, that all comes to an end, as we find out whether Francis Lawrence can overcome the weakest book in the series to give us a satisfying conclusion.

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Still Alice

Even though the Oscars have come and gone, those of us in the UK are still catching up on the last of this years nominees.  The biggest of which comes in the form of Still Alice, which saw Julianne Moore capturing a gong for the first time, despite four previous nominations.  It’s a film that has taken on even more symbolic strength, following the death of Richard Glatzer, one of its directors.  Having passed away at the age of 63 from motor neurone disease, his final film will probably be his best remembered.

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Unlikable Characters in Film

Most people’s favourite movies centre around a character they can relate to, respect or have a feeling of affection for.  However, every now and then a movie comes along that is populated by, well, cunts.  Which brings us to Maps to the Stars, the latest movie by the brilliant David Cronenberg and a satirical look at the world of Hollywood and the nature of celebrity.  It’s a film that will make you laugh, horrify you and which I imagine many will take against (at least a few people walked out of the screening I was in), however, it is also full of thoroughly unlikable characters.

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