‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’
(PG-13, 137 minutes, Lionsgate): As arrow-slinging heroine Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence once again delivers the best reason to stick with the “Hunger Games” franchise. “Mockingjay – Part 2” picks up virtually where “Part 1” left off: with a close-up on Lawrence’s battered face. Her expression, full of steely resolve, commands our attention in a way that the film that follows does only sporadically. In fact, most of the pleasure of “Mockingjay – Part 2” comes from watching Lawrence, not the story around her. Her aim is true, even if the narrative arc of the movie traces a long, wobbly path toward its eventual, and not exactly happy, resting place.
Contains intense sequences of violence and action. Extras: Audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson; “The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey”; “Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor”; “Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.” Blu-ray adds “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” eight-part documentary: “Walking Through Fire” (on concluding the saga), “Real or Not Real” (on visual design), “High-Value Targets” (on the acting ensemble), From Head to Toe” (costume, make-up & hair), “Navigating the Minefield” (production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin), “Collateral Damage” (stunts, special effects & weapons), “Tightening the Noose” (the post-production process), and “A Different World” (reflections); “Jet to the Set.” Washington Post
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(PG-13, 96 minutes, Paramount): Will Ferrell and his “The Other Guys” co-star Mark Wahlberg reunite in this comedy about a dysfunctional family that may be too raunchy for your family. It engages with both the pressures of a new marriage with stepchildren and the paradoxical nature of modern manhood. In its best moments, it’s a sly exposé of the frailties of the contemporary male self-image and in its lesser moments a simplistic slapstick. This being a Will Ferrell comedy, sometimes those moments are one and the same. The biggest failing is that the fighting between the two dads over ownership/dominion of the family turns the mother into a prize rather than a partner. She's a woman who presumably would have some thoughts of her own on who gets to play daddy in her life, yet the movie leaves the character feeling underutilized. Los Angeles Times
Contains coarse language, sexual humor and slapstick violence. Blu-ray extras: “The Making of Daddy’s Home” behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews; “Daddy-Off” discussion between Ferrell and Wahlberg; “Daddy Daughter Dance” behind-the-scenes; “Halftime Stunt”; “Tony Hawk: Skater Double” ultimate reveal; “Child’s Play” piece showcasing the talent of the child actors; “Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest” unfiltered featurette about rising comedic star Hannibal Buress and how he became involved in the film; “Blooper - Jeet Kune Do” as Ferrell and Wahlberg attempt to tell the perfect bedtime story; deleted and extended scenes.
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- “A Brigher Summer Day”
- “Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs”
- “Dreams Rewired”
- “The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection”
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