ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★★
Part two in the popular dystopian adventure for young adults based on Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of novels about a gladiatorial death match, Catching Fire finds the victorious Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) pressed back into service by the pompadoured ruling class to keep the rebellious masses entertained, this time fighting in a tournament that makes the first film’s look like “child’s play”, according to mentor Woody Harrelson. Everything’s bigger and noisier and deadlier, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman enjoys himself as the seemingly dastardly Head Gamemaker. For further intrigue, you’ll need to see Mockingjay Pts 1 and 2.
Chariots of Fire ★★★★★
Slo-mo runners of the world unite, it’s one of the best British films of the 1980s, the heroic true story of two running rivals readying themselves for the 1924 Olympics.
The Hired Hand ★★★★
A cool existential post-hippie western directed by Peter Fonda, who also stars as one of the two men that his wife (Verna Bloom) is torn between.
Saw IV ★★★
Serial killer Jigsaw is dead but the franchise returns to life in the fourth outing in the series. Fans of convoluted ingenious gore, viscera in bloody piles and baroque torture, this one’s for you.
We Are the Best! ★★★★
Three Swedish teenage girls keep the spirit of punk alive by forming even though it’s now 1982 – even to the extent of not being able to play more than one chord.