The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 leads the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e November 20th 2015

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 This weekend there are seven new films out for you to choose from: action in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 and Momentum, drama in The Dressmaker, a thriller without thrills in The Perfect Guy, intriguing drama in Valley Of Love, and threesome sex in Love.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 brings the story of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to a close, and after being symbolised as the “Mockingjay”, she and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol and the dastardly President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

The first film and Catching Fire were worth a look, but Mockingjay Part 1 really felt lacking for me. I hope this finale makes up for that. At least this trailer shows The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 will be a damn sight better than Part 1.

The film is again directed by Francis Lawrence, who took over the franchise with the second film, and also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes and Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Momentum is a new action-thriller starring Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) as the ultimate femme fatale, who is joined by James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter) in this film directed by Stephen Campanelli, from Signature Entertainment.

A gripping thriller set in the labyrinth of Cape Town, South Africa, Momentum follows the fallout after a seemingly meticulously planned heist goes seriously wrong. Beautiful, ruthless criminal Alex Faraday (Kurylenko) is forced to go on the run, and after witnessing one of her comrades being brutally murdered discovers her problems are only just beginning.

Realising she’s just witnessed the work of a highly specialized international syndicate who seem to be searching for a key, she attempts to evade capture, and finds herself in the midst of a high-octane, brutal game of cat and mouse with the chillingly efficient Mr Washington (Purefoy), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the mysterious key and prevent the political mayhem that may erupt if its secrets are exposed.

Forced into the fight of her life, Alex has no choice but to utilise every skill she’s ever obtained over the course of her criminal career, in order to uncover the web of lies behind the heist, and ultimately discover the secrets behind the men who have made her a target…

Momentum also stars Morgan Freeman and Jenna Saras, and looks like a cracking little actioner with some one-liners thrown in (always important; you’d be amazed how many films leave these out – Into The Storm take note) and I definitely want to check this out.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Dressmaker stars Kate Winslet as the glamorous Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage, who returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Well, I nearly fell into a coma watching this trailer. It sounded potentially good, but oh dear, what a load of drippy nonsense. Enter Liam Hemsworth as Teddy McSwiney – and no doubt Tilly *will* enter him at some point, plus Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox, Judy Davis, Caroline Goodall and Rebecca Gibney.

Based on Rosalie Ham‘s best selling novel, The Dressmaker will make all women wet their knickers now it’s out in UK cinemas.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Perfect Guy stars AVP: Alien vs Predator‘s heroine Sanaa Lathan as successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn who, after a painful breakup, jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael EalyUnderworld Awakening, Sleeper Cell). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

Basically, ‘The Perfect Guy’ is anything but when the guy in the title is revealed to be a bit of a complete and utter bar-steward, as we get in the trailer, and it’s at that point when some decent actors find themselves in the middle of a terrible script, and as the poster shows, Ealy and Chestnut find themselves either side of Sanaa’s obvious ladybumps!

And someone else who once faced an alien is in this – Charles S Dutton – the bible basher who faced-off against an ugly spud in the underrated Alien 3.

I’m not in a rush to see it. However, if you’ve never seen the aforementioned Sleeper Cell before, I do urge you to check it out. It’s just a shame that it ended after two seasons when it clearly had a third one in it.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Valley of Love

Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gérard (Gérard Depardieu) go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a photographer, which they received after his suicide, six months ago.

This is a bizarre-looking movie, but I’m intrigued by the premise.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbour into their bed…

Starring Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin and Ugo Fox, this looks intensely tedious.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!