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Mike Peros is an educator with a passion for movies ever since he saw John Wayne riding toward the bad guys, reins between his teeth, in True Grit. Some of his favorite films include The Band Wagon, The Wild Bunch, Out of the Past, The Silent Partner (Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer in a masterful tale of suspense), It’s Always Fair Weather (if you’re a Gene Kelly fan, what are you waiting for?), and Konga with the great Michael Gough—this was never meant to be a list of great films—just the ones that make their way into the DVD player the most.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ups the ante for all involved, and delivers with a rare sequel that markedly improves on its predecessor. In the have and have-not country of Panem, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson have just won the 74th Hunger games, but uneasy lies their crown—especially since Katniss has inspired devotion in the poorer districts.
12 years a Slave is a noteworthy film in many respects: as an intense, gripping exploration of slavery in the antebellum South; as an examination of man’s inhumanity to man, as well as the indomitability of the human spirit, albeit at tremendous cost; and finally, as the film that will bring long-overdue acclaim to the acting powerhouse that is Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Steve McQueen and written by John Ridley, the film is based on Solomon Northrup’s memoir in which he recounted his years as a slave after having lived as a free man in the North.
Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips is a riveting, suspenseful thriller, especially in light of how well-publicized the real-life events portrayed in the film and the eventual outcome are to the general public.
Prisoners has some creepy, unsettling moments, but not enough to justify devoting 153 minutes of your life to it. The set-up involves two families whose lives are torn apart when two of their children (one from each family) are kidnapped on Thanksgiving. Fingers are pointed at the slow-witted driver (Paul Dano) of an RV that was parked in the area but the local police (led by Jake Glyllenhaal as a troubled, twitchy police detective) can’t make the charges stick, so Dano is released—to the everlasting wrath of one of the grieving fathers (Hugh Jackman). The religious, blue-collar Jackman, ultimately abetted (albeit reluctantly) by Terrence Howard as the other father, decides to take matters into his own hands, firmly believing that justice will be done. And when conventional interrogation techniques prove ineffective, Jackman decides to employ other, more questionable methods…meanwhile Glyllenhaal sifts through his own conflicting emotions and other leads in his own pursuit of justice.
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