Weekend Movie Preview: November 21, 2014

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This second-to-last weekend of November is all about one thing: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

That's right, the wait is over as the first half of the final chapter in The Hunger Games saga has arrived and it is going to be a surefire hit, as every other studio on the planet has stayed clear of this weekend which has allowed the Francis Lawrence film to stand all on its own. 

Mockingjay Part 1: For everyone seeing this movie, right off the bat we have to say that you have to keep in mind that this is merely part one. Director Lawrence has built up quite a swell of emotion and action, but it will leave you hanging! And that is a very good thing. 

As we stated in our Mockingjay Part 1 review, Jennifer Lawrence is astounding as Katniss as the emotional roller coaster she is on had to be the utmost challenge to the Oscar-winning actress.

And Lawrence -- the director -- has filled out his cast with Oscar winners and Oscar nominees that bring this first chapter of the final two movies to life. Julianne Moore rivets as President Coin and Philip Seymour Hoffman does it again, except in this movie, he is switching sides from where we last saw him in Catching Fire.

What we recommend that is also in theaters, in case your Mockingjay Part 1 showing is sold out! 

Dumb and Dumber To: Although not as funny as the first film, this time out the laughs still come, they're just fewer and more far between. 

As our Dumb and Dumber To review pointed out, seeing Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back in the roles they made famous in 1994 is alone worth the price of admission. Just don't expect the same laugh-a-minute ride as the first time around. 

Beyond the Lights: One of the best movies that has hit screens in recent memories tells the story of a young girl who dreams of pop stardom. The thing is, her mother has even bigger dreams for her, and those two hopes don't necessarily jive. 

Our Beyond the Lights review could not recommend this movie more as it comes to life with power, emotion, romance and music that will have you feeling like a triumph by the time the credits roll. 

Foxcatcher: The Oscar buzz is high for the film that finds Steve Carell as John du Pont, the chemical heir who would murder a wrestler under his guise in the late '80s. 

Although our Foxcatcher review found Carell amazing, we feel that the real Oscar attention here should fall on Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as the wrestling Schultz brothers.

Feel like staying in this weekend?

Several titles have landed on digital download. Watch 22 Jump Street online and don't miss Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill killing it as undercover cops in college. Fans of Sin City should be thrilled as the sequel that was nine years in the making is finally here. Watch Sin City: A Dame to Kill For online and see what happens next! 

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