Month: November 2013

Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

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The second installment of The Hunger Games saga finds heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in a distant dystopian future again faking romance and wielding her trusty bow and arrow in the Capitol’s arena. Ryan: In my experience, there are two elements any sequel needs to have to be successful. The first is escalation—in other words, whatever’s at stake in the sequel should ideally be of greater importance than its predecessor. The second is subversion—a conscious […]

Review: ’12 Years a Slave’

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From Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) comes 12 Years a Slave, which follows a free black man from New York in the mid-19th century named Solomon Northrop, who is kidnapped and enslaved in the deep South for – surprise! – twelve years. The film is based on a true account. Rebecca: Going into 12 Years a Slave, I expected it to be good, great even. 12 Years has been heralded as the frontrunner for this upcoming […]

Review: ‘The Counselor’

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In the Ridley Scott-directed, Cormac McCarthy-penned The Counselor, Michael Fassbender plays an attorney who involves himself in drug trafficking, and when the deal goes bad, is relentlessly taught a lesson by the cartels. The film, featuring an all-star cast including Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz, chastises opportunists in the United States who contribute to the cartel activity that has so devastated parts of Mexico and the Southwest, equating such complicity to […]