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Joy

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Poster for the movie "Joy"

Joy

20152 h 04 min
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A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

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Director David O. Russell
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 25 December 2015
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Movie Rating Very good
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I know I sound like an ageing X-Factor judge but did you know that Jennifer Lawrence is only 25 years old? I had to Google that last night to double check her age after the mature and assured performance I had just witnessed in Joy, the latest and much anticipated offering from David O.Russell.  Lawrence triumphs as the girl who has lost her dream as she struggles with chaos and mundanity and finds it again when she invents, of all things, a mop.  To be more accurate she find it again when she symbolically cuts her hair, puts on shades and goes baddass.

I admit it is quirky, the camera never stops and Lawrence’s bizarre and dysfunctional family are all over the place, occasionally mixed in with a TV soap opera.  It doesn’t do stereotypes for sure and we should be applauding that.    The chemistry between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper wasn’t as electric as Silver Linings Playbook but given the very different roles that was to be expected.   Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black) caught my eye as Joy’s childhood friend, Jackie.  More please!

 

 

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Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

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Poster for the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The fire will burn forever.

20152 h 16 min
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With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

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Director Francis Lawrence
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 19 November 2015
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Movie Rating Excellent
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Katniss Everdeen – graphite by PJ

The fourth and final part of Hunger Games franchise is a much more robust animal than Part 1, the runt of the litter. The thin storyline in the first part could easily have been combined with this one and it smacks of spinning out the income stream.

That said however, the final film, restoring a tense narrative and stylish production, was a fitting end to what has been a stand out series. What’s not to like about a film that serves up strong roles for women AND a political message. (The universal and everlasting ‘when times are tough get the wage slaves to argue amongst themselves to distract from the real enemy, the elite’). The action sequences and effects are spectacular as Katniss and her band of commandos edge their way into the booby trapped Capitol to assassinate President Snow. As Katniss realises that one ruling elite is no different to its replacement the final outcome is flagged way in advance. I’m conflicted about the ending. Not to give too much away it seemed contrived, artificial and tagged on but on the other hand, maybe we needed that conventional reassurance?