Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Robert Clouse. Starring Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly and John Saxon.
Big Screen Classics: With Enter the Dragon – one of the all-time best martial arts action films and the first to be produced in the U.S. – master Bruce Lee exited the scene, his mysterious death and expert physical prowess cementing his legacy for eternity.
Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Joe Pytka. Starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray and Danny Devito.
Alamo Kids Camp: Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet. Space Jam also represents the debut film from Warner Bros.' new Feature Animation division. In this initial attempt to topple Disney's dominance of theatrical animation, Warner's has revived the entire Looney Tunes mob -- they're all here, everyone from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig to Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, and Tweety and Sylvester. Also, Warner's has also wisely released Space Jam two weeks ahead of Disney's expected chartbuster: the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians. It's actually quite a pleasure to see all the Looney Tunes characters back in action again, and the concept of teaming them together as a basketball franchise almost makes their ganged-up presence believable -- or as believable as a cartoon is ever going to be. And this is the heart of what makes Space Jam work: Wrapped around its meretricious little core is a solid cartoon story with engaging characters and problems. Read a full review of Space Jam.
Rated PG-13, 137 min. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Natalie Dormer, Willow Shields, Mahershala Ali and Michelle Forbes.
The final installment of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular YA trilogy does not linger on past events, so if you have any confusion, you’d best do your homework. Opening seconds after last year’s installment ended – Katniss (Lawrence) is recovering from the throttling she received from Peeta (Hutcherson) after he was “hijacked” by President Coriolanus Snow (Sutherland) – Mockingjay – Part 2 starts slowly, with insurgent leader Alma Coin (Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Hoffman, in his final role) strategizing their assault on the Capitol. But once Katniss goes rogue and hitches a ride on a supply shuttle to the front line, the film finds its groove. No spoilers here, but this final chapter is a solid conclusion for the franchise – an entertaining and exciting dystopian adventure that should satisfy fans of the series. It sets a high bar for YA adaptations that doesn’t look like it’s going to be raised anytime soon. Read a full review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
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