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2022 / 117m - USA
Fantasy, Adventure
Slumberland poster

A pleasant fantasy aimed at somewhat younger viewers, but with enough appeal to keep the rest of the audience entertained. It may have helped that I never read the source material (or watched/played any of its adaptations), which is why it all felt just a little fresher than it might for others more familiar with the original book.

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Nemo grows up with her dad on a small, remote island. When one night he doesn't return from the sea, Nemo is forced to move with her uncle to the big city. When she falls asleep, she ends up in Slumberland, a place where she bumps into an old friend of her father's, who promises Nemo she might find him there.

Momoa doing Johnnie Depp isn't the best idea, but other than that this was a pretty solid fantasy film. The fantastical bits are lush, the pacing is solid even though the runtime is a tad long, and Barkley and O'Dowd deliver good performances. Simple but fun entertainment, which is what I'd hoped to see.

Red Sparrow

2018 / 140m - USA
Drama, Action, Thriller
Red Sparrow poster

Somewhat basic political thriller/action flick that scores extra points on style. While not truly overwhelming, the solemn, strict and sleek visuals give the film a little extra. The plot is pretty predictable, with a bunch of "surprise twists" near the end, luckily that's not all the film was gunning for.

I Am Legend

2007 / 101m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
I Am Legend poster

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

2013 / 146m - USA
Sci-fi, Adventure
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

2014 / 123m - USA
Sci-fi, Adventure
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster


2005 / 121m - USA
Fantasy, Action
Constantine poster

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes poster

I don't think they needed to make a new Hunger Games film, but considering how popular the series was, I'm not surprised they made one anyway. Without Lawrence, it's an even weaker film, with some extra lore I simply couldn't care about. I can only hope this isn't the start of something new, but a random one-off.

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Fewer people are watching the Hunger Games, so they need to change something about the setup. The rich kids destined to become the new leaders of Panem need to prove themselves as mentors. They each are assigned a player in the Games, and they need to make sure their player delivers.

This prequel tells a different story from the main series, but the HG universe isn't interesting enough for that. It also feels slightly more childish compared to the first film, though that may just be my memory acting up. The budget is there, so there are some semi-impressive scenes, but it's not enough to save this film.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

2015 / 137m - USA
Sci-fi, Adventure
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 poster

A feeble finale to the series. There isn't much left from the Battle Royale-like concept and children staging a revolution isn't that good a replacement. The acting is pretty poor, the film is way too serious and even though the budget was clearly sizeable, it just doesn't look that spectacular. Disappointing.