The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Director Mike Leigh whips up yet another affecting ensemble drama in Naked, a film anchored by Johnny (David Thewlis), a self-confessed lost boy who heads for the big-city grit and glamour of London to escape the repercussions of his most recent misstep (the sexual assault of a young woman). But a fresh start isn't meant to be, as Johnny runs into an old love (Lesley Sharp) and carouses with others gone astray.
Johnny's apocalyptic monologue came straight from a religious pamphlet that David Thewlis' received on the street.