Mockingjay Movie Reviews: Are the Odds Ever in its Favor?

According to Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence is akin to Jesus Christ.

That’s mighty high praise for the star of The Hunger Games franchise.

But is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 worthy of the same praise? What are critics around the country saying about this wildly anticipated blockbuster? Let’s find out…

Julianne Moore as President Coin

This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It’s safe to say we’re excited for the film.

Mockingjay – Part 1, however well done, can’t compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough. – Tom Long

If Mockingjay – Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn’t make it less satisfying. – Steven Rea

Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. – Kenneth Turan

Katniss’ concern for the anti-sexy Peeta results in her spending quite a bit of the movie in po-faced mopery. – Kurt Loder

Mockingjay – Part 1 is just big enough of a story that, even as a two-parter, the film feels substantial and justifiably halved. There’s simply too much to digest as all the pieces are put into place and the real games are set to begin. – Kirk Baird

This is the “Empire Strikes Back” of the series, with the heroes constantly on defense – running, hiding, planning, hoping. - Rob Thomas

Jennifer Lawrence is as good as always and gets a few key scenes to play up the emotional aspect of what’s occurring.- Jim Judy

Gale Mockingjay Poster

Liam Hemsworth is back for more Hunger Games. He poses here on behalf of Mockingjay.

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Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutchinson ‘The Hunger Games’ Cast Spoofs Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Spaces’ (Feel…

hunger games cast on snl 2If you’re like me and don’t stay up late enough to watch late-night TV, then you must watch a skit from last Saturday’s ‘SNL.’ Woody Harrelson, who is in ‘The Hunger Games,’ was the host. He first hosted ‘SNL’ in 1989. And, just as coincidence would have it, Taylor Swift’s album ‘1989’ is burning up the charts right now. Woody paid tribute to it when his ‘Hunger Games’ castmates popped in to surprise him. RELATED: Here’s a trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.’

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth or Josh Hutchinson dropped in during Woody’s monologue. It’s pretty funny. Jennifer, Liam and Josh look like they were about to fall out laughing at one point during the skit. Live TV probably isn’t something they do a lot of ;). Take a look at the skit. It’s a perfect way to kick off the Monday “blahs.”

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Jennifer Lawrence vs. Elizabeth Banks in London: who looked best?

Jennifer Lawrence

The worldwide premiere of Mockingjay: Part I happened in London last night. Jennifer Lawrence wore three white outfits over the past few days. The Dorito dust must have taken a brief hiatus. I apologize for overstuffing this post. We’ve got all of the ladies at the premiere and photocall. Plus a few after party dresses. The poor dudes got relegated into the gallery. Josh Hutcherson looks adorable as always, and Sam Claflin either fell prey to wind or Rave hairspray. I don’t know what’s up with Liam Hemsworth’s grooming habits. (Beard, yes. Hair, no.) Oh, and Jennifer told Us Weekly that Josh and Liam were “my angels, my kittens.” Huh.

JLaw has strep throat but toughed it out to promote like crazy. She looked gorgeous in her white Dior premiere dress with a light blue undertone. What do you think of this Dior? It’s better than most of their designs for her. I’m conflicted. The cut of the dress is beautiful. Even the mullety effect can’t take away from the elegant silhouette and slight bustle (see gallery) in the back. The quilted fabric is another story and cheapens the overall vibe of the dress. Jennifer’s makeup game continues improving though. Thank goodness.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer changed into this Mugler dress for the after party. BAM. Slinky and sexy.

Elizabeth Banks wore a dress that Effie Trinket would adore. This Elie Saab couture gown is humongous. There’s just so much fabric, but the gown is so over the top that it works. I love how the floral print of the top melts into the watery colors of the skirt. The cape effect in the back is magnificent. All those embellishments? Delicious.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth changed into a crinkly pink frock for the afterparty. Another win.

Natalie Dormer tried valiantly to own this Nicholas Oakwell gown. The dress was a little too busy, but it was fun. If the skirt was solid black instead of revealing a blue underlay, maybe it would have looked better. Nat’s edgy hairstyle (from the side) scores a few points, as does her best accessory: the smirk.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer

Jena Malone wore a springlike Emilia Wickstead two-piecer with a white bodysuit and a canary yellow wraparound skirt. The runway version reveals the illusion of underwear peeking through the skirt. Jenna’s droopy neckline is by her own design. Not my fave look.

Jena Malone

Julianne Moore wore little black Balenciaga dress with all sorts of sheer paneling and latticework. This isn’t a terribly exciting look, but it’s much better than most of Julianne’s red carpet ensembles.

Julianne Moore

Here are the ladies at the London photocall on Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Getty, Fame/Flynet & WENN


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Jennifer Lawrence Reveals What She Wants in a Man (Hint: Stay Off Social Media)

Jennifer Lawrence is a woman who knows what she wants in life, and in love. On the latter front, it’s not really shocking what the star says she looks for.

In the new issue of French magazine Madame Figaro, the 24-year-old reveals that the ideal mate for her is “one who allows her to be herself in all situations.”

“Otherwise, you might as well stay single.”

Jen Lawrence Pic

Lawrence, who might be back together with Chris Martin, is currently overseas as part of a massive PR tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

That’s just part of her job as an A-list star, and the accompanying interest in her personal life is something she says she has been very reluctant to accept.

Admitting it took days to agree to portray Katniss Everdeen, she says, “I realized that whatever I do, at any level, I would lose a part of my private life.”

“For each ‘everyday’ photo published,” the paparazzi-averse Oscar-winner says, “I generally spent three hours playing cat and mouse with photographers.”

“I always had a very clear idea of the type of course I wanted – acting, that’s all. Of course, by contract, I must assure a media presence to promote my work.

“But if I had a choice,” says the talented and versatile but world-weary actress, “you wouldn’t hear me express myself except in movies.”

Hot Jennifer Lawrence Picture

Wow. That’s the only word that’s really necessary when gazing upon this Jennifer Lawrence photo.

So what about Twitter, Facebook and other social media?

“All that doesn’t interest me for a second!” she says.

“I’m always hundreds of emails behind.”

Given the fact that numerous Jennifer Lawrence nude photos were among the flagship leaks disseminated by The Fappening, her attitude is not surprising.

This has been true of her throughout, however.

For a woman of her stature, she keeps a surprisingly low profile aside from movie press and has done so long before she was as famous as she is now.

So much so that you probably never knew she was a model for Abercrombie & Fitch back in the day (as were some other famous faces in the gallery below)!

Jennifer Lawrence

Oh yes, that’s a young Jennifer Lawrence, the most beautiful Abercrombie model (or possibly human being) of all time.

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Jennifer Lawrence New Trailer For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

hunger games mockingjay part 1 trailerHere’s a NEW trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1‘! We see all three of the stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and even Josh Hutchinson. In this trailer, Katniss learns Peeta is alive even as she takes up arms with the rebels. RELATED: Watch Katniss return to District 12.

Something tells me the ‘Mockingjay’ movies are going to deviate the most from the book compared to ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire.’ It makes sense. The books are all told from Katniss’s perspective. The movies have allowed us to see more than just what Katniss sees for both of the earlier adaptations, and it looks like this will continue to be the case for ‘Mockingjay.’ So much happens in ‘Mockingjay’ that I suspect it necessitated considerable deviation. I bet we’re going to see Peeta in captivity in the Capitol, for example. Can Not WAIT. Check it out!

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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray: Possible Split Causing ABC to Hedge on Wedding?

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray’s potential split – which we’ve seen no telltale signs of at all – is reportedly causing ABC some hesitation regarding their wedding.

Andi Dorfman, Josh Murray, Parents

We’ve seen this sort of thing before with couples from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, including 2013’s Bachelorette beauty, Ms. Desiree Hartsock.

Rumors dogged Des and Chris Siegfried from the moment the show ended, despite the fact that they have been happy and in love for a year and a half.

In the case of Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, whispers of their demise started as soon as Nick Viall took the stage at the After the Final Rose special.

Nick asking her why they made love if she wasn’t going to pick him was awkward as all getout, but did it have any impact whatsoever on Andi and Josh?

By all public accounts, no. They seem happy as ever. Yet some sources claim it set the tone for the couple’s engagement, and not in a good way.

They’ve allegedly been fighting in public on more than one occasion, and supposed “insiders” believe that they may not make it down the aisle.

ABC, which has treated its successful couples to some lavish weddings in the past, is reportedly hedging on moving forward with plans to do so here.

Josh and Andi

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray on The Bachelorette. They are a great-looking duo.

According to at least once source close to the production, executives aren’t yet convinced that Murray and Dorfman are going to make it to the altar.

For whatever it’s worth, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici tied the knot on ABC last winner, while Desiree and Chris have yet to even set a date.

Meanwhile, if Andi and Josh are going through hard times, you wouldn’t know it from their social media accounts, upon which they are over the moon.

The two recently accompanied her parents to the University of Georgia vs. Tenessee football game. Andi’s dad and Josh are both Georgia alumni.

Andi’s father Hy even took to Twitter to share the pic, which he captioned, “On the field tween the hedges with my FSIL [future son in law]. Awesome!”

Dorfman also professed her love for Murray Thursday, Tweeting, “Came home to flowers and he recorded Scandal for me. The best future hubs ever!”

Flowers and setting the DVR so you don’t have to watch Scandal online. Now that’s a man worth spending the rest of your life with right there.

Andi Dorfman

Andi Dorfman found love with Josh Murray on The Bachelorette. Will this romance last longer than her precedessors?!

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Liam Hemsworth on Miley Cyrus: No Bad Blood Here!

Liam Hemsworth doesn’t have a ton to say about Miley Cyrus these days.

But what The Hunger Games star does have to say is mostly positive.

“There’s not much to say,” Hemsworth reiterates in NYLON Guys’ November issue, telling the magazine that “there’s no bad blood” between him and his very famous ex.

Liam Hemsworth for NYLON Guys

Hemsworth and Cyrus broke up last year and the actor makes it clear that he doesn’t miss being a focus of the paparazzi.

“I think when people see photos of you out and about in your personal life, they assume that you’ve asked for it or that you want that attention,” he explains. “But I don’t think anyone in their right mind asks for that kind of thing.”

Since his split from Cyrus, Liam has been all about the work, most notably his role as Gale in The Hunger Games. He hopes this kind of dedication “separates” him from stars who are simply after attention.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21 and Hemsworth says he’s grown very close to his co-stars through the filming of the franchise.

“I’ve been friends with all these people for so many years now,” he notes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson. “I’m so lucky to have Jennifer and Josh and Woody and all these other great people. We’ve created really strong bonds…

“It’s like high school because we’ll mess around for half the day and then we’ll do a little bit of work. Everyone’s goofing around and trying to mess each other up.”

The November issue of NYLON Guys is on sale Thursday, October 2.

Pippa and Kate Middleton

Pippa Middleton might have the better…ASSETS…but she and sister Kate Middleton definitely got the same amazing smile.

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Jennifer Lawrence First Full Trailer For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

the hunger games mockingjay part 1 trailer 2FINALLY. Here’s our first trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’! Jennifer Lawrence is prominent in it as Katniss, of course. The parts they showed are the reasons why I loved Katniss as a character. She never wanted to be the hero; she just wanted to survive throughout all of ‘The Hunger Games’ books. RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up for ‘Serena.’

It looks like we see more of Donald Sutherland as President Snow than we saw in the book ‘Mockingjay.’ I don’t mind that; Donald does an AMAZING job in the role. I hope we get to see a lot of Julianne Moore, too. I know we’ll see more of Liam Hemsworth, even though he’s just visible for brief bits of this trailer. I’m sure he’ll be more prominent in later trailers. I am READY to see ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.’ How about you?

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Jennifer Lawrence in the ‘Mockingjay: Part I’ trailer: better than the book?

Jennifer Lawrence

The first full-length trailer for Mockingjay: Part I has dropped thanks to Lionsgate’s new film website that contains all sorts of goodies. The promotion for this movie has been strange so far. We’ve seen next to nothing at only two months out — aside from some obligatory character posters and confusing district propaganda. I guess the studio realizes this movie will be a hit no matter what, so why waste money on unnecessary promos? That’s the power of a successful franchise led by Jennifer Lawrence.

This trailer gave me chills from the opening moments when President Snow (in that soft, gravelly Donald Sutherland voice) tells Katniss, “It’s the things we love the most … that destroy us.” Here’s the trailer, and we’ll discuss:

Katniss is in a bad place, emotionally and mentally. Elizabeth Banks’ Effie (who was MIA in the book) is adjusting to life in District 13. Battle scene. Poor Peeta is the brainwashed weapon of the Capitol. Katniss demands for Peeta to be rescued. Sam Claflin’s Finnick cheekbones look great. Natalie Dormer is fierce as Cressida. Look, an affectionate Woody Harrelson as a not-drunk Haymitch! Katniss screams. More battle scenes. Lots of battle scenes! This will be a true action movie, which is strange considering how the Mockingjay book dragged its feet for most of the first half. For most of the second half too. Okay, it’s not a very good book compared to Suzanne Collins’ other Hunger Games installments. Hollywood is selfish and split it into two movies anyway. I think we all know where the first movie will end, right? It’s gonna be a major cliffhanger.

Lorde will curate the film’s soundtrack. As much as the misuse of the word “curate” drives me nuts (thanks Goop) these days, I think Lorde will do a good job. She’s got the angsty-teen vibe down and will add her own postmodern touches to the mix.

This is the coolest film still. Natalie Dormer is such a badass.

Natalie Dormer

Jennifer Lawrence

Movie poster & stills courtesy of Lionsgate


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Josh Hutcherson Defends ‘The Hunger Games’ Co-Star Jennifer Lawrence

67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" PhotocallThe fallout from the leaked nude celeb pictures continues. Josh Hutcherson defended his ‘Hunger Games’ co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, who’s one of the celeb victims. Josh admitted he hasn’t talked to Jennifer about it since it happened, but he shared his thoughts when asked during an interview. RELATED: The FBI is looking into leaked Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude pics.

Josh said:

I just think all that stuff is so ridiculous. We’re people, too man, we just want to live. We want to be normal people, it’s not fair.
“I think everyone has their own way of getting through it. It’s something you obviously don’t want to happen to you and it’s really unfortunate that it happens. I hate the way the world sort of views those sorts of issues.”

Josh said he and Jennifer talked about how fame had changed their lives.

Like Jen and I always say — people say, ‘Well you chose to be an actor, you are going to have to deal with this kind of thing.’ Well, no. I started when I was 9 years old. She started when she was like 12. We didn’t choose to have public scandal. So because this is what I am good at and this is my career means I also have to suffer on this other side?”

That’s why I always feel so conflicted about child actors. Their parents are making decisions for them that have life-long implications. Yet the reality of fame is that you’re definitely in danger of having your privacy violated. It’s a tough call!

67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Photocall
67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Photocall
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere
More Celebs at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere in LA
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premieres in LA
67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Photocall
67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Photocall
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