Jennifer Lawrence

Dog’s Movie House: “American Assassin” Vanilla Filmmaking, “Mother!” Decidedly Not!

 

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Jennifer Lawrence In Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”

 

 

We’ve got two wide releases opening this week and they couldn’t be any more different.  “American Assassin” staring Michael Keaton is a fairly standard actioner that has a rather assembled feel to it, while Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is an entirely different beast altogether.  Aronofsky’s film is the work of a talented auteur at his most prolific, with engaging performances and a sense of dread that moves through the picture like a cold breeze.  But “Mother!” takes some narrative choices that will leave many moviegoers scratching their heads.  It’s wonderfully crafted but not easily accessible.  I found it to be a frustrating movie.  You might too if you take a chance on this film.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Mockingjay Part 2” a fitting, entertaining end to The Hunger Games!

 

 

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2"

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”

 

 

 

 

Of all the YA adaptations to come to the cinema in the past few years, “The Hunger Games” has done it the best.  More adult, more self-assured and flat-out entertaining than the other offerings out there, The Hunger Games’ only misstep was to split the last entry into two separate films.  “Mockingjay – Part 1” though well acted, felt like build up and filler and, quite frankly, seemed unnecessary.   That said, “Mockingjay – Part 2” is a very satisfying conclusion to a tremendously entertaining series, a dark triumph that isn’t afraid to go to some uncomfortable places. Continue reading