Weekend Movie Preview: Box Office Looks To Catch Fire With “Hunger Games” Sequel

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While the sequel of “Thor” has enjoyed a healthy two week run atop the box office, and another sequel in “The Best Man Holiday” delivered a somewhat surprisingly strong debut at number two last weekend, this weekend seemingly belongs to sequel that is sure to bring the heat. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” debuts tonight and promise tons of action, drama, and success. The Jennifer Lawrence led franchise looks like a true winner as it not only received critical acclaim from moviegoers but from book lovers because the story does not deviate much from the successful books. Also coming out this weekend is the Vince Vaughn led comedy “Delivery Man.” Basically Vaughn fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. For the rest of the new movies this weekend see below:

Opening This Week – November 22

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Certificate PG-13 146 min   –   Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Metascore: 75/100 (44 reviews)
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Director:

Francis Lawrence

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THE BUZZThe Hunger Games was the most satisfying franchise-starter in some time; a true measure of its success were the positive reactions from people who had yet to read the novels before seeing the movie. We love that the sequel was filmed in Hawaii, an ideal setting for the beautiful harshness of the Quarter Quell. Cast and crew wise, we’re less concerned about any choices made by director Francis Lawrence and more worried about Sam Claflin as the knot-tying/Katniss-wooing Finnick Odair, because he displayed an innate talent for making time stand still in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Delivery Man (2013)

Certificate PG-13 103 min   –   Comedy

Metascore: 43/100 (25 reviews)
An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Director:

Ken Scott

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THE BUZZ: DreamWorks has imported director Ken Scott from Canada to remake his comedyStarbuck, which was released in the U.S. earlier this year (he also wrote The Grand Seduction, the upcoming movie from Scott Pilgrim‘s Don McKellar). It’s a transitional role for Vince Vaughn, whose aggressive charm is a tricky fit in mainstream fare, though he’s earned strong advanced notices from the industry for this performance. Meanwhile, we have our eye on Irish actor Jack Raynor; he’s received insider attention for the film What Richard Did and reportedly will share much of the screen time with Vaughn.

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Philomena (2013) – [Los Angeles/New York City]

Certificate PG-13 98 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 75/100 (24 reviews)
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Director:

Stephen Frears

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THE BUZZ: There’s no stopping this crowd-pleaser from connecting with audiences throughout the holidays and the awards season, even it showcases Stephen Frears at his most treacly. The main question at this point is whether or not Judi Dench will secure an Oscar nomination. We’re unsure where this leaves Steve Coogan, though he did have a hand in this screenplay, too.

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) – [Limited]

150 min   –   Comedy | Romance

Sriram Venkat is the most shallow guy on earth who doesn’t value relationships, family, friends, life or the country. Not necessarily in that order. Because he couldn’t care less about the order. This makes him the clear ‘black’ sheep of the family.
Director:

Punit Malhotra

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THE BUZZ: Director Punit Malhotra reunites with star Imran Khan for his follow-up to I Hate Luv Storys. Increasing the movie’s profile is the presence of Khan’s co-star, Kareena Kapoor. But the big winner here is producer Karan Johar, who just signed a major distribution deal with Reliance Entertainment, which begins with the release of this movie.

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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013) – [Los Angeles/New York City]

88 min   –   Documentary | Animation

Metascore: 80/100 (9 reviews)
A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.
Director:

Michel Gondry

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THE BUZZ: Michel Gondry kept mostly quiet on this documentary as he worked on it over the past few years, so we expect audiences will wander into this conversation as it makes its way out to the world of late-night bedroom streaming. We feel like the pause button was made for the moment where Gondry and Chomsky end one discussion and are about to being another.

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