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Madame Kwan’s Moviehouse: Hunger Games and more

I told you I go to the movies a lot!

The Hunger Games.

See it! Though predictable in many parts, still an overall great entertainer. And who doesn’t want to stare at Jennifer Lawrence? I didn’t read the book so I don’t have quite the bias that the die-hard fans do… but this definitely made me like going to the movies again!

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin.

DON’T see it. The only saving grace of this movie is the silent performance of Tilda Swinton. Other than that, you’ve got an in-your-face movie trying to be super artsy and obtuse that utterly fails at delivering anything. I expected more and I sadly left the theater with regret.

 

Ecstasy.

You might want to see it if you’re in the mood. Although it likely wouldn’t be playing at a theater near you. The Atlanta Film Festival screened this “dark romantic comedy” flick to an audience looking for a hidden gem. While it had charming and believable characters, the movie colored inside the lines as far as drug-centric storylines go. It’s a sanitized version of what probably actually happens in the real world (not that I would know), but I give it credit for trying.

 

Birds of Paradise

With winter thawing out and awards season in full swing, there’s nothing better than living vicariously through our favorite celebrities. This year’s Golden Globes felt somewhat like the flock returning home after a seasonal migration; almost every star of the big and small screens made a noteworthy appearance – some shaking their tail feathers more than others.

Which breed of Hollywood birds do you identify with?

The Swans: graceful and elegant, they seem to glide across the red carpet

Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet

The Crows: mysteriously seductive and offbeat

Evan Rachel Wood, Madonna, Rooney Mara

The Canaries: singing in their arrivals on the scene

Emily Blunt, Paula Patton

The Ducks: endearing  and quirky

Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone, Tina Fey

The Bluejays: quiet, curious and intelligent

Michelle Williams, Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Jodie Foster

The Rockin’ Robins: BUH. BAM.

Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman

The Lovebirds: oh-so-stately Hollywood royalty shows us how love is done

Angelina & Brad, George & Stacy, Natalie & Benjamin

And where in the hell did these celebs go?

Ryan Gosling, Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock,

Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway