Instant Gratification: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I” and four other good movies on Amazon and Netflix


“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I” (Amazon Prime/Hulu) — My full review is here. It’s all setup for “Mockingjay — Part 2,” coming Nov. 20, but it’s effective setup, with Katniss Everdeen and the rebels on the run, planning, waiting, hoping. Those hoping for action in this film will be disappointed — Katniss fires exactly one arrow in the film — but those looking for mood will be swayed, especially as Jennifer Lawrence sings the haunting “The Hanging Tree.” Part 2 better pay off, though.

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“While We’re Young”: Middle age is wasted on the middle-aged

Ben Stiller and Adam Driver in While We're Young

“While We’re Young” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:34, three and a half stars out of four.

If youth is wasted on the young, middle age is definitely wasted on the middle-aged. Think about it. You have the experience and wisdom to know what truly matters, and the resources to go after it. And yet you waste all this time either mooning over your vanished youth or living in fear of the old age to come. Or waste time hunting around for the cardboard sleeve to your “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” CD.

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