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THE ROUND-UP | November 21’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
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When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

123 min. Director: Francis Lawrence. Writers: Peter Craig, Danny Strong. Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.

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Get On Up

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A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

139 min. Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth. Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd.

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The Homesman

Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

122 min. Director: Tommy Lee Jones. Writers: Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver. Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer.

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What We Do in the Shadows

Read the review | Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
86 min. Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi. Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi. Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh.

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Life Itself • Recommended | Read the review

The Drop

The Imitation Game

Third Person

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