Friday, December 11, 2015

Movie Reviews: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and “Creed”

   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
   Rated PG-13

Inadvertently, Katniss Everdeen has become the face of the rebellion against the Capitol.  But evil President Snow isn’t her only nemesis.  Will Katniss figure out who her true allies are or will she suffer the same fate as her Hunger Games opponents?

While The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 isn’t as strong as the other Hunger Games movies, it is still worth seeing.  For me, it was nice to see the series’ resolution.  Jennifer Lawrence gives an outstanding performance as Katniss, portraying her pain and anguish brilliantly.  Without her, I believe this series wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.  If you enjoyed the other Hunger Games movies or books, you’ll appreciate seeingThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

   Rated PG-13

So I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I like the Rocky series-not so much Rocky III, IV and V, but my love for Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky Balboa outweighs the negatives of the other movies.  In the good movies, the main character is so lovable, the action is great and story lines stay true to the spirit of the original film.  Creed falls into the latter category of Rocky films. 

Adonis Creed, Apollo’s illegitimate son who was born after Apollo died, quits his desk job, moves to Philadelphia and convinces Rocky to train him.  As Adonis strives to be a better boxer, Rocky has to work through his own struggles.  Will Adonis and Rocky prevail or will Adonis meet the same fate as his father in the ring?

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