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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Mike Mike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at:

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have returned triumphantly from the Hunger Games. Their victory has sparked a rebellion, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has made it his mission to squash the rebellion, even if it means the destruction of Katniss.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Website

What to Watch For: Besides shooting some key scenes in Hawaii, a great deal of the movie was shot in Georgia.

Word on the Street: Early word is that this film will not disappoint the fans of the first film and may be making improvements in both special effects and in the storyline.

My Take: I felt “The Hunger Games” was one of the best films of 2012, and I can’t wait to see this one.

“Delivery Man” (2013)

Delivery Man

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David (Vince Vaughn) basically skates through life, making almost no effort in his relationship with his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) or at his family owned business. This all changes when David is told that through a mistake at a fertility clinic, he has fathered more than 500 children. Now more than 100 of his kids are suing to find out who is their real father. How can a man who has escaped responsibility his whole life be a father to so many children? Delivery Man Website

What to Watch For: The film is a remake of the French-Canadian film, “Starbuck” (2011), which was a hit on the art-house circuit. Writer / director of the original film, Ken Scott,  is back to bring this English language version to life.

Word on the Street: Vaughn is praying for a hit after “The Watch” (2012) and “The Internship” (2013) both bombed at the box office.

My Take: Look for Chris Pratt to steal this film from Vaughn, as David’s best friend / lawyer.

“The Book Thief” (2013)

The Book Thief

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Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is handed over, by her mother, to a foster family in pre-World War II Nazi Germany. Liesel tries to fit in with her foster parents, the kind hearted Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and the strict Rosa (Emily Watson). Soon, a new houseguest arrives, a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) whom the family must hide from the authorities, as his very presence threatens Liesel’s new family. The Book Thief Website

What to Watch For: The director of the film is Brian Percival, the Emmy winning director of the British hit series, Downton Abbey.

Word on the Street: Fans of the best-selling book will be very happy with the casting of the film, especially with Geoffrey Rush, who is picture-perfect as Hans, Liesel’s beloved “Papa.”

My Take: “The Book Thief” is one of the best novels I have read in the past five years, and I look forward with great anticipation to this adaptation.

“Kill Your Darlings” (2013)

Kill Your Darlings

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In 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) enrolls in Columbia University to become a poet in the big city of New York. He soon encounters Lucien (Dane DeHaan) a ringleader of the ragtag group of writers, including William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), who are bent on changing the world, one word at a time. Kill Your Darlings Website

What to Watch For: Will the Harry Potter fans follow Radcliffe to a film based on a true story about the legendary “Beat Generation” writers?

Word on the Street: Ben Foster as the incredibly strange but talented Burroughs is said to steal a few scenes from Radcliffe and DeHaan.

My Take: I will be interested to see this film as I have seen two other movies recently involving Jack Kerouac as a character – last year’s “On the Road” and this year’s “Big Sur.”

If you can’t make it to the movie theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch films on CW69.
Sunday

1:00 pm
“The Howling” (1981) After being brutally attacked by a serial killer, Karen (Dee Wallace) and her husband (Christopher Stone) move to “The Colony,” so that Karen can recover. The Colony is filled with strange characters, and things start happening that make Karen question both her marriage and her sanity. Is what is happening all in her mind, or is there more to the Colony than just strange people?

3:00 pm

“Wall Street” (1987) A young stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), is willing to do anything to get to the top. He is mentored by a legendary broker, Gorden Gekko (Michael Douglas), whose mantra is “Greed is Good.” Will success and money take Bud down the wrong path?

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