Paul Dano and John Cusack star as Brian Wilson; each actor portraying the Beach Boys musician at a crucial time in his life. This is not a conventional biopic. Here memories and sounds and woven between events, creating a film which is more about getting inside Brian’s head, than following major life and career events. Love & Mercy is reviewed after the jump.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is the first cinematic half of the third and final installment in the Hunger Games franchise, based on the best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins. Francis Lawrence, who directed the excellent second film, Catching Fire, returns to direct, and the story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for Panem after escaping the Third Quarter Quell Hunger Games.
The sequel to the surprisingly nuanced The Hunger Games, Catching Fire re-introduces us to the compelling Katniss Everdeen, one of the most intriguing literary/film heroines this side of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander. But as history has shown, it’s a slippery slope indeed when a sequel gets greenlit. My review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the jump.