Part three in the series moves away from the gladiatorial games and finds our heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) becoming the reluctant figurehead of a revolt against President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Rather than just a teaser to the fireworks promised in the franchise finale (in cinemas in November), this is a compelling film in its own right.
Since finishing at Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe has continued to experiment with more way-out roles, including those in Kill Your Darlings and A Young Doctor’s Notebook. This one tops the lot, with Radders adopting an American accent to play a guy who sprouts devilish horns after his girlfriend (Juno Temple) is found murdered. Told you it was strange.
Kevin Kline stars here as an American in Paris, and one who’s looking forward to selling the property left to him in his father’s will. But before you can scream “French bureaucracy!”, Kline learns that the place already has a “life tenant” in residence – and she won’t budge. Maggie Smith is the old lady in question, with Kristin Scott Thomas as her daughter. Paris plays itself in its usual, effortlessly seductive style.
Rising star Shailene Woodley takes the lead in this mystery, in which she plays a young woman coming to terms with the sudden disappearance of her mother (Eva Green). Flashing back and forward between events in the past and present, this is a story about the end of innocence in more ways than one.
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) proves that she’s more than just a funny lady in this happy/sad tale of siblings reunited. Bill Hader plays Wiig’s estranged twin brother, who begins the film trying to kill himself, just as his sister is apparently contemplating the same. Failure on both their parts to see it through brings these two messed-up individuals back together. And that’s where things get interesting.