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Film Review: Home

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Directed by Tim Johnson

Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna & Steve Martin

As I towered above the vibrating mass of sugar-hyped kids, standing a couple of inches over 6ft and weighing-in at around 14 stone, it suddenly dawned on me that I had become a walking cliché of the term ‘big kid’. I politely passed on the photo-opp with the extraterrestrial star of the film, sensibly declined the swollen mounds of free sugary snacks and, instead, patiently took to my seat… who am I kidding? I took 27 selfies with the damn alien and knocked back successive jelly shots, like a child trying to erase the memories of an awful week; I also binged on alien face cookies. But to the film…

Oh (Parsons) is a unique character amongst a race of conformist ‘Boov’ aliens, dutifully following the commands of their leader Smek (Martin). Boovs hold pride in their cowardice and being “the best species at running away,” but running away requires a host planet. Earth is the new target, as they attempt to escape their nemesis, the Gorg, but there’s just one issue: it’s already inhabited. Does this matter? Not at all, so long as you immediately accept the human race’s relocation to ‘Happy Humans Town’, a theme park style town in the middle of Australia.

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COMPETITION – Win The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Merchandise Pack & DVD!

unnamedTo celebrate The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releasing on DVD, Blu-ray and as a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 16 March 2015, LIONSGATE is giving three lucky winners the chance to take home a merchandise pack, as well as a copy of the film on DVD!

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will also be available across digital platforms 24 hours earlier on Sunday 15 March. A special “triple pack” (available on both formats) will also be released, containing all three films in the series so far – The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching   Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) sings a song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which is called:

A) The Hanging Bird

B) The Hanging Flower

C) The Hanging Tree

Send your answers via email to jonah@screengeeksuk.com with the subject HUNGER GAMES COMP by no later than 9pm GMT on Friday 13th March 2015.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases on DVD, Blu-ray and as a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 16 March 2015

Film Review: Appropriate Behavior

DireABcted by Desiree Akhavan

Starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson & Halley Feiffer

OMG! Not another Bisexual Persian in Brooklyn Story!  Girls Co-Star Desiree Akhavan writes, directs & stars in her frank & painfully hilarious debut feature Appropriate Behaviour, a tale of a young woman looking back on her failed relationship.

When Shirin (Akhavan) breaks up with her live-in girlfriend Maxine (Henderson), we go on a criss-crossing non-linear journey through Shirin’s post-Maxine singledom as she fumbles through a series of offbeat sexual encounters with men, women & a hipster swinger couple juxtaposed with her rollercoaster relationship with Maxine – from their meet-cute on the steps of a brownstone outside a New Years Eve party just before midnight, to their many spats & fun times. This is essentially a relationship post-mortem movie akin to Blue Valentine, (the criminally little seen) Two for the Road and, of course, Annie Hall only without much focus on the other half of the relationship – Shirin is the main character whose heartbreak journey through hipsterville we follow.

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