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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


Don­ald Clarke

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


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