The Hunger Games (trailer)
Director: Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
In a revelation that will surprise no one, I haven’t read the books and don’t have much of an idea of what all the fuss is. I’m told by my reliable GE colleague/wife that they’re a big step up from the Twilight series, though. I see that the ever more cartoonish Jeff Wells has taken up jihad against it, which makes me think that it might actually be halfway decent.
The Kid with a Bike (trailer)
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, The Son, L’enfant, Lorna’s Silence)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
I’ve only seen two of the Dardennes’ films – the last two – so I suppose this one will go a long way to determining how I feel about them. I liked L’enfant but Lorna’s Silence really rubbed me the wrong way. This one is about a kid “obsessively trying to find his bike,” so naturally I expect it to be similar in tone to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. If it’s not, I’ll be disappointed. Fair warning, Dardennes!
The Raid: Redemption (trailer)
Director: Gareth Evans
Personal Interest Factor: 5
Hadn’t really heard of this before this week, but I’m amused by Ebert’s one-star review and have little reason to believe that I’ll think differently about the film.