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‘The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 1’

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Rated: PG-13


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‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton

Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Rated: R



Anyone who attended last week’s screening of “Dirt! The Movie,” the public service documentary project sponsored by the Magnolia Garden Club and the City of Beaumont, will realize that Christopher Nolan’s movie gives an accurate depiction of mankind’s future fate — and it’s not good.


In what could be dubbed the “Network” for the new millennium, writer and first-time feature director Dan Gilroy taps into our morbid fascination with the grisly sensationalism that passes for evening news, all seen through the eyes of one of the most fascinating characters on screen this year.


No living actor plays the curmudgeon better than Bill Murray. He’s become the Walter Matthau of his time. All through this, I could see Murray channeling that “Bad News Bears” grumpiness of Matthau as he plays Vincent Van Nuys in this first feature from writer/director Theodore Melfi, who should get down on his knees and thank Murray for saying “yes” to the role.