Weekend Movie Preview: March 23, 2012

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The weekend movie preview this week is truly all about one film: The Hunger Games. This could speak volumes about what Hollywood execs believe are the box office chances of the Suzanne Collins page-to-screen effort. Even when Breaking Dawn Part 1 hit theaters, there were a few other movies premiering that November day to try to scoop up the rest of the movie-going public’s interest. Today, March 23, there is no other film opening wide in America other than The Hunger Games. But, there is plenty out at the movies, so if you go to see the blockbuster released today and it’s sold out, we’ve got some good suggestions for a substitute.

The Hunger Games: The date that has been circled on every Hunger Games fan’s calendar is finally here. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) story has arrived. Katniss lives in District 12 in a post-revolutionary apocalyptic-looking time where an annual event is held each year pitting 24 12 to 18-year-olds in a fight to the death. See, as punishment for a revolution that happened seven decades ago, the Districts have to select a girl and a boy to send to the Capitol for the titular event. As we state in our The Hunger Games review, director Gary Ross nails it.

In limited release:

The Raid Redemption: This is an action movie unlike any you’ve ever seen. Ramo (Iko Uwais) is an elite special forces fighter in Indonesia who is drawn into an all-out attack on a brutal crime lord. The movie features some of the most insanely choreographed fight sequences captured on film.

Musical Chairs: Part of the film covers the world of ballroom dancing, but when one of our leads has a tragic accident, she is confined to a wheelchair. Thus, we are introduced to the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing and all its grace. It is a touching, heartfelt film that is full of grace. The film is directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) with both power and emotional pull.

Already in theaters that you must see:

21 Jump Street: The big screen reboot of the 1980s TV classic is a don’t-miss on the silver screen. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are police partners who create laughs, thrills and spills along the way. Check out our 21 Jump Street review for more.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home: Ed Helms and Jason Segel score as brothers who are at very different times in their lives. It is from the filmmaking brotherhood of Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) and as we state in our Jeff, Who Lives at Home review, it's one of the year’s best… so far.

Casa de mi Padre: Love Will Ferrell? Then you will love his all Spanish language comedy about a rancher who has to summon the strength to save his father’s ranch. Visit my Casa de mi Padre review for more on this instant classic.

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The Hunger Games Quotes

I just love that!

Effie Trinket

And it was decreed that each year, the 12 districts of Panem should offer up a tribute of one young man and woman between the ages of 12 and 18 to be trained in the art of survival and to be prepared to fight to the death.

President Snow

The Hunger Games Review

Be still our beating hearts, The Hunger Games nation, the odds are ever in your favor with the film from Gary Ross. This is a case where...

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