Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

Mockingjay - Part 1

After the action-heavy drive of the previous instalments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is decidedly sober and contemplative in comparison, but no less thrilling. Bunkered down in District 13 after being saved from the Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly concedes to become the face of the rebel uprising. Her reluctance quickly turns to intensity, however, as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) continues his tight dictatorship, using Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as bait.  Continue reading “Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)”

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Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Catching Fire

The Hunger Games managed to achieve what the entire Twilight series had tried so hard, yet failed to do: appeal to critics and audiences, while also satisfying the loyal fan base of its adored source material. It had its fair share of impediments though, and was weighed down by the fact it skimmed over many of the bigger issues in favour of displaying a sparkly fantasy tale. Thankfully, with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second instalment in a four-part film series, those complications are been ironed out to an impeccable degree by new director Francis Lawrence. Continue reading “Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)”

Best Ten Films Of 2012

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2012 may not have been a landmark year for cinema in the same way 1999 was, but it’s certainly seen its fair share of outstanding releases challenge, captivate and move audiences in remarkable ways. The first half was arguably somewhat of a write-off, with only the left-over Academy Award releases and a sprinkling of surprising successes – 21 Jump Street (arguably the best comedy of the year), The Cabin In The Woods, The Hunger Games and Pirates! In An Adventure With Continue reading “Best Ten Films Of 2012”

US Box Office: May 4 – 6, 2012

The Avengers made history at the US box office this weekend. The superhero ensemble, which sees Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor band together to put an end to Loki’s treacherous threat, grossed an astounding $207.4M in its opening weekend, giving it the biggest opening weekend of all time.

Think Like A Man dropped a place to two with $8.1M, while The Hunger Games Continue reading “US Box Office: May 4 – 6, 2012”

US Box Office: April 27 – 29, 2011

Think Like A Man topped the US box office for a second week running. Screen Gems’ comedy-drama, starring Kevin Hart and Gabrille Union, pulled in another $18M, bringing its domestic total to a very impressive $60M, almost five times its production budget.

Aardman’s latest claymation Pirates! Band Of Misfits (titled Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists in the U.K.) landed in second place. The film, which Continue reading “US Box Office: April 27 – 29, 2011”

First Poster For House At The End Of The Street

Relativity Media have issued the first poster for their upcoming horror-thriller House At The End Of The Street, due for release in the US on September 21.

The film, which marks British filmmaker Mark Tonderai’s second crack behind the camera, centers on a girl who, after moving into a new house with her mother, befriends the surviving son of the family that once live there, and soon learns of their horrifying story.

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) stars opposite Elisabeth Shue (Hollow Continue reading “First Poster For House At The End Of The Street”

US Box Office: March 23 – 25, 2012

The Hunger Games – Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ much-loved novel – conquered the US box office with a staggering, and record-breaking, $155M. The sci-fi action crossover, which centers on an annual battle to the death, now boasts several impressive accolades.

Last week’s victor, the thoroughly enjoyable 21 Jump Street, dropped to second place with an estimated $21.3M, while Illumination Entertainment’s high scoring Continue reading “US Box Office: March 23 – 25, 2012”

Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

In a world torn apart by war, drought and famine, there lies Panem, a society split into a Capitol and twelve separate districts. To compensate for past rebellions, each district must annually offer up two “tributes” to take part in the Capitol’s “Hunger Games”: a televised fight to the death. When her sister is chosen as one of the “tributes”, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a strong-willed teenage girl, volunteers herself to take her sister’s place. Alongside her male counterpart Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a lowly baker’s boy, Katniss enters The Hunger Games, only for them to find themselves in a situation like no Continue reading “Review: The Hunger Games (2012)”

Super Bowl XLVI Trailer Round-Up

From 20th Century Fox to Universal Pictures, Disney to Warner Bros., Hollywood went all out with their Super Bowl placement trailers last night, with most of them dazzling (The Lorax looks super sweet, but not a patch on last year’s Despicable Me), and only a few missing the mark (Battleship, anyone?).

The night’s biggest winner, though, was The Avengers. Joss Whedon proved that he was the ideal man to assemble all the Marvel figureheads (bar Spider-Man) together in one film and have them fit oh, so perfectly together. Oh, and the back- Continue reading “Super Bowl XLVI Trailer Round-Up”