In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" Katniss Everdeen continues her noble, determined commitment to secure democracy and ensure livable conditions for Panem's workers. This final installment in the series rather abruptly ties up some of the plot points and shuttles off problematic characters, some given a fitting send off, some dismissed too cavalierly. I doubt the fans will mind.
The seemingly odd title of this most excellent film refers to the name of the investigative-reporting team on the Boston Globe at the turn of this century. These 14 reporters, relegated to the basement, were supported with time and talent to dig into stories, to shine a spotlight on them.
Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki needs no introduction to animé fans. His latest film "The Wind Rises" will not disappoint with its exquisite animation in the story of Jiro Horikoshi, aeronautical engineer and designer of WWII Japanese navy fighter planes. The title comes from a French poem quoted several times, translated as "The wind is rising; you must try to live."
First the title: the fifth estate refers to a class of society beyond the clergy, the nobility, the commoners and the press. In this relatively stodgy film, the fifth estate is personified by Julian Assange accompanied by Wikileaks.
Director Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" immediately establishes the "company" of the title with archival footage of the 1960s radical Weather Underground. The fictionalized film jumps to the present as one of the previous members, Sharon Solarz, prepares to turn herself in for involvement in a Michigan bank heist that left an officer dead three decades ago.
Margin Call imagines insiders' actions and reactions when, in 2008, they realized the financial world faced immediate, catastrophic collapse. A fictitious, 107-year-old, international Wall Street firm claims $8 trillion in assets, soon to be unequivocally worthless. This well-written scenario, "inspired by real events," unfolds over 24 hours of tense power plays, confrontations, and loss—emotional as well as monetary.