Film Clips: OMG!! 'The Hunger Games!'
Also, Atlanta Film Fest opens tonight
- Suzanne Collins' novel 'The Hunger Games' makes its big-screen debut
''BEING FLYNN (R) Based on a true story, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is mourning the loss of his mother (Julianne Moore) when his long-absent father (Robert De Niro) reaches out to him. Mixed with the emotions of his mother's death, his estranged father's sudden interest in him, and trying to build a relationship with his girlfriend Denise, Nick is overwhelmed. While dealing with his father, who is a struggling writer and has artistic tantrums when something doesn't go his way, Nick realizes this could be his one chance to have the relationship he missed in his childhood. UA Tara Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
''THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) In a post apocolyptic world, the countries that once made up North America is now called Panem. The Capitol, a technological metropolis that controls everything, is surrounded by 12 districts. Every year, one boy and girl are selected from each of the twelve districts at random to compete in the Hunger Games, basically a Gladiator style fight to the death. When teenager Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the games, she is almost certainly sentencing herself to death. Based on the young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, Katniss must fight to the death in order to survive and return home to her sister.
''OCTOBER BABY (PG-13) When Hannah suddenly faints during a college play, during medical examination, she discovers that she was actually adopted. Even more shocking, she soon learns she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt by her birth mother. Faced with her own mortality and the fragility of life itself, Hannah sets out on a trip to find her birth mother and herself. In this coming of age story, the idea of family is challenged and redefined through Hannah's journey.
''SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (PG-13) Ewan McGregor plays Dr Alfred Jones, Britain's leading fisheries expert, who is approached by a consultant with a wild plan. A sheik in Yemen has a dream of bringing one of his favorite hobbies, salmon fishing, to the desert of Yemen. Jones scoffs at such an idea, calling it impossible, but eventually takes on the upstream battle of introducing cold water river fish into a hot desert country in the Middle East. As the project grows, it takes on a greater meaning than just the fish, it soon becomes a metaphor for the building of a relationship between the Western and Eastern world. UA Tara Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
''ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (Multiple Locations and Films) The 2012 Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and continues throughout the end of March and into the first day in April. With screenings at Midtown Art Cinema, The Plaza Theatre, The Goat Farm, The Rialto, The Strand, Woodruff Arts Center, and Paris on Ponce among others locations, this year's festival is a film junkie's can get his or her fix pretty much anywhere in Atlanta. Film shorts, documentaries, films with Atlanta connections will be lighting up screens all over the city, in addition to lectures and film-making competitions. Visit here for more info and here for a complete list of the screenings.
''CHICO AND RITA (NR) An animated tale from the Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba, about Chico, a young piano player from Cuba who meets Rita, a beautiful woman with a voice to match. They fall in love and make beautiful music together, but their success pulls them apart as Rita's career surges into stardom. Just when it seems like the world won't let them be together, somehow love finds a way. A film with smooth matte animation to contrast the robust and lively Latin music, makes for a classic love story. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA
L!FE HAPPENS (2011) (R) The Atlanta Film Festival's opening night kicks things off with the film L!fe Happens. Starring Krysten Ritter as Kim and Kate Bosworth as Deena, who play two best friends that just want to party and have fun. Everything changes when Kim gets pregnant though, facing the ups and downs of parenthood, Kim is caught between her life as a mother and her attraction to a man who doesn't want to be held back by children. Co-written and directed by Kat Coiro, this comedic drama deals with the challenges of motherhood, Coiro will be in attendance for the screening. Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA atlantafilmfestival.com