Hunger Games MockingJay part 1 review

Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. 

It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.

However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise. Read More »

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Maps to the Stars trailer

David Cronenberg turns his twisted sense of play to Hollywood in Maps to the Stars. The film features Julianne Moore as an aging star who is still living in the shadow of her mother’s fame, and Mia Wasikoska as the young woman who goes to work for her. Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast of the film which has been divisive amongst festival audiences. But this Maps to the Stars trailer is bizarrely enticing, and Cronenberg’s recent output is moving into new realms of odd reality-bending that I quite enjoy. Check out the footage below. Read More »

The Seventh Son - Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes

Seventh Son has been coming for so long at this point, it’s almost surprising to realize it hasn’t actually arrived yet. But it will be here soon. Universal and Legendary have the fantasy adventure slated for release early next year, and today the first Seventh Son trailer has finally surfaced.

Directed by Sergey BodrovSeventh Son chronicles an ancient battle between mankind and supernatural forces. On one side are Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his new apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), on the other is the powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). Watch the Seventh Son trailer after the jump.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay posters

Hot on the heels of the first trailer, the viral marketing for the Fall’s biggest film is in full swing. That film, of course, is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The first spoils of the viral hunt are a slew of new characters posters. These posters show several of the main characters in garb from District 13. That’ the hidden, run-down headquarters of the rebellion against the Capitol. In this batch, actors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin and Woody Harrelson get their own posters. Check out new Hunger Games Mockingjay posters below. Read More »

Mockingjay Part 1 poster

Lionsgate just debuted the first look from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. There’s a motion poster, some images, and more on a special website dedicated to the highly anticipated sequel directed by Francis Lawrence. In Mockingjay, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her friends have finally begun the rebellion against the Capitol. But they have one crucial problem: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured.

The film opens November 21. Below, check out the Mockingjay Part 1 poster as well as some images featuring Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, and Jeffrey Wright. There’s even an interview with Moore. Read More »

Maps to the Stars trailer

It’s a good day when you get to see footage from one of your most anticipated films of the year, and this Maps to the Stars trailer is our first look at real footage from David Cronenberg‘s new movie. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and probably some pretty serious internal damage as well. She turns up in Hollywood and scores a job as personal assistant to an actress played by Julianne Moore, but we soon learn that the girl has more on her mind than just doing her job well. Check out the trailer below for hints of much stranger stuff to follow.

Update: A second trailer has been released. It is even less safe for work than the first, but it is also actually a proper trailer rather than a sales reel. Both are embedded below.

Update 2: The sales trailer has been pulled.

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Bad Santa

Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
  • The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
  • Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
  • Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
  • Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
  • 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
  • Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
  • George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Liam Neeson Non Stop

Liam Neeson‘s action-star career resurgence has been an exciting ride. Sure Taken 2 wasn’t as good as the first and Unknown stunk, but Neeson’s permanent charisma makes him exciting and believable as the aging hero in films like The Grey.

Not as believable as “Neeson the action star” is the plot of his new movie, Non-Stop. But that’s half the fun isn’t it? Neeson plays an Air Marshall on a transatlantic flight who is framed for a hijacking as he’s simultaneously trying to stop it. He’s joined on board by Julianne Moore and Downton Abbey‘s Michellle Dockery with Jaume Collet-Serra directing. It hits theaters February 28 and you can see the first trailer below. Read More »

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