The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

I found the first film (2012) to be well made and acted, and fairly diverting for someone who hadn’t read the books. Ditto the second (2013), which actually made me look forward to the third. But while this one is darker and deeper (and more political) than what’s gone before, the cash-grab decision to present the book in two movies obliterates any momentum is may have had.

It’s still solid even if unsatisfying entertainment, but mostly a set-up. So here’s what you do: skip this one for now and rent the DVD just before you see Part 2 when it’s released next year. And it better be good. Japanese title: Hunger Game Final: Resistance. (123 min)