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Color Force, Lionsgate, Studio Babelsberg,

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

At the end of Part One, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was back, but severely affected by this time in the capital where he was brainwashed. He jumped at Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and tried to strangle her leaving her in the hospital severely injured. But as we pick it up, she’s recovering and the rebel alliance is planning to bring all the districts together to take on the capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The want to leave Katniss out of it, but you know she’s going to do her own thing and sets off on her own secret mission to assassinate President Snow. This is a fight to the finish with a war designed to determine the outcome of a free democratic Panem once and for all. But the odds are not so good.

THis is a very fitting finish to this series of films, and it’s sad to see it end. Jennifer Lawrence has grown so much through these films and it opened so many new avenues for her. She deserves all the praise she gets. This is filled with so many big stars, but we don’t even notice as they are all so well familiar to us at this point. This is one hell of a story, and the production values are out of this world. This one, however, if filled with nitty-gritty down and dirty fighting less so much of the super glitzy special effects that the other ones had, but still the scenes of the capitol are very awesome. Some of the traps that the defenders of Panem have set are amazing to watch. There’s plenty of action, lots of excitement, and explosions galore! The only negative I could think of is that as it wraps up, there are a couple “surprises” thrown in that are so predictable, that probably any of us could have written the screenplay to wrap this up. But that’s okay, we still enjoy watching it. This is a must see film, and a superb ending to what is one of the classic series of all time. See it!

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Blumhouse Productions, Paramount Pictures,

Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Krawic

The house is back! A new family has moved into the house, and naturally they find a box of old tapes hidden away. When they watch these, they start to see the spooky paranormal entities appearing. Even the old family kids who are now dead come back as little children to torment these new fools that bought this house.

This is, what?, the 37th or so sequel to this series? Trust me, I didn’t spend a penny to go watch this, as the whole thing has grown very tiring to me. This one is one of the worst of the lot, I’m afraid. Well, maybe not. Some of the other versions sucked pretty bad too. This is nothing more than what the rest of them were, so if you love that kind of thing, this is another one. This is just more of the same, and I’m just over it at this point. So sorry this review is so brief, but I didn’t care for the story, the filmmaking, the script (if there is one), the acting, and the sudden loud sounds that are all there are to scare you. If you are really that desperate to be startled, I have a suggestion. At the park, they have a game where people pay a buck or two to shoot a stream of water into the clowns mouth. If you stand with your back to the game, and wait for someone to play, at some point the balloon will pop and give you the same chill this movie would. Save yourself some time, and don’t patronize these folks any more. Maybe they can come up with something just a teensy bit new. And I typically LIKE horror films.

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Altar Identity Studios,

Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia, Jenna Elfman

Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) is Big Stone Gaps official spinster, since she’s mid 30’s with no prospects. She’s a pharmacist in this small southern town full of characters. As Ave expands her horizons she finds she’s not as much of a plain Jane as she thought she is and soon she has suitors climbing out of the shadows as she plans a journey that may change her life forever.

This is a really heartwarming down home Southern charmer. The small town life is portrayed very kindly, and the actors in this movie are outstanding. It was a bit of a surprise, as with this many huge stars in one place, they really turned a little tale inside out and really brought home the charm of the South. There’s not so many laugh out loud, belly laughs as there are big smile moments as there is plenty of humor filled with lots of heart. Whoppi has a wonderful role as Ave’s supportive boss and owner of the pharmacy where Ave works. She’s excellent, as usual. But everyone else kicks in and does their part to make this a good feeling down home yarn like they used to make. This is not a big theater filling smash, for sure, but it’s a nice little diversion all the same, and I enjoyed watching it. I’m not saying to go out searching for it, but if you happen across it, be sure to give it a chance, as it was a very fun and warm visit to a place very few of us will get to experience in real life.

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Gail Katz Productions, MICA Entertainment, Material Pictures,

Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Aiden Lovekamp, Conrad Pla

Throughout the 60’s the U.S. and the Russians were locked into the cold war. Each side tried to out shine the others. This docudrama is the story of the epic chess match between Bobby Fischer (Toby Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) which took place in 1972 to determine the world’s best chess champion. But though the climax of the film is the chess match, we get to learn a log about one of the strangest fellows on the planet, from the time he was a little boy until the world championship.

This movie feels like a documentary, although it’s not really. But it is the story of Bobby Fischer, who I remember from when I was a young adult. I remember the story as it was in the news every day, and I remember what a really strange fellow Bobby Fischer actually was. There is an air of mystery with this guy, and there’s a lot missing from this story. That is my biggest complaint with the film that keeps it getting a higher rating. It feels like they were shooting for a time limit, rather than telling the whole story. But what they did get, they did justice to. You won’t need to be a chess master (I certainly am not) to understand this movie. But a psychology degree or two might help. Tobey Maguire did an excellent job playing Bobby. I think he pulled of the character very well, and I was impressed with the range he was able to show. This is one of his best performances. Liev Schreiber is also a surprise as Boris Spassky too, as he was a well known figure, especially after he played against Bobby. He plays the relatively good-natured (for a Russian) opponent. He was totally believable as Spassky. As docudramas go, I did enjoy this film, but again, that may be due to my familiarity of the story. If you’ve never heard of him, though, and you enjoy biographical movies, this is worth watching. Don’t expect to be wowed or blown away, but it’s a interesting film, and one I’ve been waiting for a long time.

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