Movies 295

21 Nov 2013
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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The second instalment of the young adult adaptation picks up where the previous movie ended as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are taken on a tour following their victory in the Hunger Games. A rebellion is brewing but the pair must face previous winners of the deadly contest as the Capitol seeks to snuff out their defiant example.

The plot is something of a re-run of the first film, but fans will lap it up.



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Black Rock
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Three twentysomething girlfriends decide to patch up their differences by returning to the island in Maine where they spent their summers as children. However, this time they are not alone – three war vets are also camping on the island. They all hang out together until a bit of heavy petting turns violent and the girls are forced to fight for their lives. Would-be feminist horror that doesn’t add up – like, how do unarmed women fight soldiers?

Before Midnight
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Richard Linklater writes and directs the third part of the ‘Before’ series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It’s 20 years after the pair first met on a train to Vienna and a decade after a brief reunion in Paris. Now they are together as a couple spending a holiday in Greece. It’s a fitting addition to the series, occasionally a bit self-conscious, but the epic argument at a hotel is a brilliant distillation of married life’s rich tapestry.

Temptation
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Tyler Perry directs a corny tale of a happily married counsellor (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), working in a dating agency who is pursued by a handsome tech billionaire.

It’s a moralising melodrama that will probably make you laugh when you are supposed to be crying. Kim Kardashian pops up as a co-worker.

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Parkland
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Parkland takes us through the events in Dallas, Texas, in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Billy Bob Thornton plays the local Secret Service chief, while Paul Giamatti is the man who took the photograph of the moment the President was shot, leading to the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for the crime.

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Bollywatch: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan star in this romantic Bolly comedy written and directed by Punit Malhotra. Khan plays a shallow playboy who falls for a militant social activist, Kapoor. Despite their physical attraction, their mindsets are a mile apart until he accompanies her into the rural heartland of India to show that he is capable of helping others. It’s nice to see the real India featuring in a Bollywood film, even only as a backdrop for a star-led romcom.


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