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Pick of the Week

The Hunger Games

I liked the books but I liked the first movie even more. The storytelling is tight, tense, and Jennifer Lawrence is perfect in the role of Katniss. The only quibble I have with the Hunger Games series is this: I'm constantly hearing about "the gatekeepers" of children's literature. Now here's a trilogy of novels about kids killing kids—so where are the gatekeepers?

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Pick of the Week

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A clever, well-written fantasy with some nice historical overtones. A couple of Hollywood style over-reaches spoil what could have been just perfect.

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Terrific actors, two of my favorites—Jason Segel and Ed Helms—but I didn't find the concept for the movie particularly compelling.

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Mirror Mirror

Hollywood's version of playing chicken. (Released the weekend) Mirror, Mirror vs. Snow White and the Huntsman (coming this summer). Meanwhile, where's our poor little flying waif, Maximum Ride?

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21 Jump Street

Never saw the TV show, didn't want to. Still don't want to. I love Jonah Hill and the movie definitely has some very funny moments.

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Seeking Justice

Chances are you won't be able to find this at your local theater, but it's actually a pretty decent thriller.

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Silent House

There's a certain kind of movie that hooks you and you pray that the ending isn't going to involve aliens, or dreams, or psychologically-driven fantasy. Unfortunately, your dreams will not come true with this one. As for the acting, Elizabeth Olsen is terrific in the lead role.

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A Thousand Words

The less said about this one the better.

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