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‘12 Years a Slave’ a history depicted with brutal honesty

November 25th, 2013 Posted in Entertainment, Movies Tags: ,

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If you thought Alex Haley’s “Roots” was the definitive take on antebellum slavery in the United States, prepare for a harsh wake-up call with “12 Years a Slave.”

Unlike Haley’s 1976 book, which became a landmark TV miniseries, this film focuses on man’s inhumanity to man, portraying it with brutal honesty and a degree of violence that is almost intolerable. Read more »

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ among mature adolescents

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The time has come, it seems, to return to Panem, the dystopian North American nation that provides the setting for the satisfying action sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” just as it did for the 2012 first installment in the series.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence star in the movie “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults.

Should they decide to make the return trip, moviegoers will find that, in adapting the second volume in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of novels, director Francis Lawrence has decreased the intensity of the violence on screen. And his film’s moral center is solid. Read more »

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