The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Homesman, No Good Deed: this week’s cinema releases

Jennifer Lawrence leads a revolution, Tommy Lee Jones directs an anti-Western, and Idris Elba's a really bad guy

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART ONE ★★★★

Jennifer Lawrence is back kicking butt in the action-packed penultimate Hunger Games movie, alongside a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin and Natalie Dormer. With Civil War looming, Katniss and her fellow revolutionaries are driven undergound. It’s just a shame that we will have to wait until this time next year for the epic final film.

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THE HOMESMAN ★★★★

Tommy Lee Jones writes, directs and stars alongside Hilary Swank in this powerful and intelligent anti-Western. Swank plays a pioneer who embarks on a treacherous journey across America to save three broken women, with only the untrustworthy Jones for protection.


NO GOOD DEED ★★

Idris Elba has a blast playing a bad guy in this home-invasion thriller. Shame the plot’s so cheesy.


GET ON UP ★★★

Funky biopic of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Chadwick Boseman gives a charismatic performance in the lead (and has some pretty good dance moves), but the film rather sanitises the life of a complex character.  


MY OLD LADY ★★★

Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith plays another uppity oldster in this charming but slight tale, in which American Kevin Kline inherits a Parisian property – along with its sitting tenant. 


WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS ★★★★

Hilarious vampire mockumentary with Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement among the bloodsucking heroes. Who knew that being undead could be so much fun?

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WINTER SLEEP ★★★★★

This outstanding Turkish drama won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival this year. It’s an involving and intense story of a hotel owner’s struggle to stay in control of his life and his business over a brutal winter.