Tag Archives: Francis Lawrence

Red Sparrow

SEDUCTIVE. DECEPTIVE. DEADLY.  When a Russian ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks her leg during a performance, she’s recruited by her uncle (Matthias Schonaerts) to become a ”sparrow” – an undercover agent who uses her body to trap targets. The lauded novel was written by a former CIA agent with insight into Soviet intelligence, but this adaptation … Continue reading Red Sparrow

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

THE REVOLUTION IS ABOUT ALL OF US. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her allies prepare to liberate the people of Panem and defeat President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his troops once and for all. The fourth and final chapter in this franchise is largely an overblown war movie, with scenes that might remind audiences of … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

FIRE BURNS BRIGHTER IN THE DARKNESS. After surviving another Hunger Game, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 where the rebel leader, President Coin (Julianne Moore), wants to turn her into the Mockingjay, a symbol of the resistance. The third and fourth films in the franchise cut the last novel into two. A pointless … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

EVERY REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH A SPARK.  After winning the Hunger Games, tributes Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson) inspire rebellions in several districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) comes up with a new version of the games. The sequel has a new director and a somewhat darker shade of colors, but it is also … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Water for Elephants

LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH.  In 1931, twentysomething Jacob (Robert Pattinson) loses his parents in an accident and joins a circus where he ends up challenging the star performer’s (Reese Witherspoon) marriage to the ruthless manager (Christoph Waltz). A pleasant Depression-era soaper for sentimental crowds that takes a little time to get … Continue reading Water for Elephants


HELL WANTS HIM. HEAVEN WON’T TAKE HIM. EARTH NEEDS HIM. Cop Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) teams up with exorcist John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who battles demons on Earth, to find out what caused her twin sister to commit suicide. They hired a director of music videos for this overlong filmization of the comic book; he … Continue reading Constantine