The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (trailer above) As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow (Donald Sutherland), while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. While this final entry is far too long and flirts with tedium what with its repetitious action scenes, Lawrence’s sincere performance and the film’s strongly delivered message of questioning authority holds it in good stead to the end. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 137 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and its cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, is a gripping, assured work that never resorts to exploitive tactics to tell its story. Rather, this is a tribute to the dedication and persistence of the investigative team, as well as the strength of the Globe’s publisher’s to pursue and stand by their reporters. Strong work by its veteran cast, which includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schrieber, helps ground the film as does the script by director Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, which takes the trouble to show that its heroes have feet of clay. This is one of the year’s best films. 4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 128 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.