| Nov 15, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It's kind of like "The Running Man," but with less protein.
"The Hunger Games" is a widely popular best-selling science fiction young-adult book series. Say that three times fast. It's a series I haven't read, but based on the trailer for the first...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 10:38 AM
"Up in the Air" and "The Departed" co-star Vera Farmiga turned director with this deep-thinking drama, inspired by the memoir "This Dark World" by Carolyn S. Briggs (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Farmiga also plays the central character, a woman...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 1:35 PM
Elizabeth Olsen, the sister of long-popular television twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, earned considerable attention of her own with her performance - which has made her a current Film Independent Spirit Award nominee - in writer-director Sean Durkin'...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 7:24 AM
The hypocrisy at the heart of "The Hunger Games" is irresistible. Novelist Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has been decreed "awesome" by, among others, my 5th grade son, indicts violence and organized brutality as tools of mass-audience manipulation. Yet...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 7:42 AM
I read Suzanne Collins' addictive, massively popular novel "The Hunger Games" so compulsively that the pages feared my fingers. Any filmmaker would be challenged to similarly create scene after scene that sparks craving for the next.
In other words,...
| Mar 21, 2012
Jennifer Lawrence is relishing her last few weeks of anonymity. The 21-year-old actress understands that her starring turn in"The Hunger Games" is about to change her life. Opening Friday, the highly anticipated film, faithfully adapted from Suzanne...
| Mar 25, 2012
| 10:51 AM
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Katniss Everdeen may be engaged in a savage battle in "The Hunger Games," but there's little doubt about the victor in a different arena: the box office.
The film raked in $155 million in North American ticket sales in its opening...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 6:02 PM
Every dollar Disney won't get at the box office for the $250-million “John Carter” will probably end up in the pockets of Lionsgate and the other entities behind “The Hunger Games” (which allegedly cost less than half as much). The...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 8:26 PM
OK, I didn't read the books, but let me just say, as pure movie entertainment,"The Hunger Games"is a "wow."
This dystopian drama portrays a society where 24 children between the ages of 12-18 are randomly selected for an annual survivor/gladiator-style...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 2:06 PM
The Bathtub is a place of myths and wonders, a broken down teardrop of Louisiana marsh and mud in"Beasts of the Southern Wild"and the setting for an extraordinary new drama whose fierceness, like its 6-year-old heroine Hushpuppy, grabs on and won't let...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Broadly speaking, a film festival's programmers can handle news of a new lineup one of two ways: all at once, or nearly; or the drib-drab approach.
The Chicago International Film Festival goes for the dribs and drabs. The 48th edition of founder and...