The Hunger Games began as an exciting thriller with a beautifully neat (if not particularly original) high concept: youths fight to the death for the entertainment of their cruel masters. As the story has progressed, it has became increasingly bound up with convoluted investigations of peripheral politics. The last episode concerns a final assault on the evil president’s. The violence is good. The politics and theorising is rather less so. 12A cert, gen release, 135 min
Which film finds Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro playing the same part? Identify the actor playing Santa Claus. What comes next Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2? Which film received the most number of Golden Globes nominations last week? What is the alliterative connection between Amistad, Catherine Tramell, Helen Prejean and Peter Andrews? Which film begins with a sprint towards the first hole at the Royal and Ancient golf club in Saint Andrews? Whose first credited feature role was as Forrest Gump Jr? What have Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards and the partnership of Phil Lord and Chris Miller all signed up for? Which is the odd one out from the following films: Need for Speed, Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil? John Glibert (1922) Robert Donat (1934) Guy Pearce (2002). Which vengeful hero?
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Be reassured. The latest Terrence Davies film does involve at least one sentimental singsong. There is a brutal father whose tyrannical rages appear to leave lasting psychological scars on his unfortunate children. Deyn is effective as the Scottish woman harassed by the uncaring menfolk. The rural photography is gorgeous. Sadly, Davies’s adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel doesn’t have the poetry of his early work. An odd misstep. 16 cert, Triskel, Cork, 135 min