Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

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Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).


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How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster

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Minor spoilers for the second episode of The Comeback's sophomore season.

It's no mystery why The Comeback, which returned for its second season this past Sunday after a nine-year hiatus, never became a big hit for HBO. Other mockumentaries like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family have thrived, but Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King's Hollywood-based cringe comedy centers on a protagonist who's uniquely difficult to relate to: a middle-aged, out-of-work actress whose career depends on eating shit with a polite grin, and who doesn't mind making certain other people eat shit too when she's in the position to do so.

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Nymphomaniac Uncut: 5 Reasons to See It, 5 Reasons to Flee It

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Trylon microcinema is trying something new. They've expressed interest in the uncut version of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac -- all five-and-a-half hours of it -- but the fate of the screening is up to you.

You may have caught the first and second volume of this star-studded, Shia-stamped sex epic earlier this year, but the uncut edition is something else entirely. After tying the films together and adding an hour of footage, Von Trier has left audiences with a marathon. The director is not known for his light hand, and the very NSFW teaser trailer promises loyalty to the film's name.

So what do you think? Would you buy a ticket? You better make up your mind soon, because the Trylon will only show this film if at least 20 tickets are purchased by Saturday, November 15. To make your decision process easier, here is the ultimate Nymphomaniac pro and con list.

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Podcast: It's Our All Daily Show Week with Foxcatcher and Rosewater

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It's a special The Daily Show edition of the Voice Film Club podcast, as we talk about Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher (starring Steve Carell) and move onto Rosewater, the movie Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for three months in 2013 to direct. Both are in theaters starting November 14.


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Film Podcast: Interstellar Is Grand But It Doesn't Connect

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Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar is a big, ambitious picture but it didn't connect with our critics. We discuss the film at the top of this week's podcast before moving onto a few other notable films on screens large and small this week.

- The Disney film Big Hero 6 (At 29 minutes)
- The Stephen and Jane Hawking story The Theory of Everything (At 38:30)
- Jean-Luc Godard's visually playful Goodbye to Language (At 49:45)
- The stellar, infuriating new doc on Netflix, Virunga (At 52:40)
- Margaret Brown's BP oil spill documentary The Great Invisible (At 56:25)

Your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice.


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The Fall Season's 5 Best New Series and Its 5 Biggest Disappointments

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Jane the Virgin is this fall's most charming new show.

There's more television today than at any other point in the medium's history, but there's a good chance you're stuck in a TiVo rut. That's because, with a handful of exceptions, this fall has delivered a truckload of mediocrity and dead-on-arrival trends. (Goodbye, "rom-sit-coms" like the already canceled A to Z and Manhattan Love Story. Farewell, hopefully forever, comedies about women whose defining characteristic is their poor job performance, like spring's Bad Teacher and autumn's Bad Judge.)

Fortunately, there are a few new shows with fresh perspectives, novel conceits, encouragingly diverse casts, and/or deep emotional undercurrents worthy of your Hulu queue. And, of course, there are the season's letdowns -- not necessarily the worst the small screen has to offer, but the ones that suffer the greatest lapse between expectations and execution. Here are this fall's five best new series -- and its five biggest disappointments.

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What to Watch on Amazon Prime This Halloween Season

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Halloween has finally arrived! But you know what? It's also Friday, and that means everywhere is going to be packed to the brim with people in huge costumes, it's cold, and maybe it would just be more fun to settle in at home with a heaping bowl of candy or popcorn (no candy corn, please) and watch a movie or two tonight. Here are our suggestions from Amazon Prime for making this a Halloweekend of binge watching.

See also:
Five Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween Season


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Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.

As usual, your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice.

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Five Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween Season

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Halloween is almost here, and with it comes annual traditions. Some will be going out to costume parties and others will be taking their little ones trick-or-treating. Regardless of what you do this spooky week, taking in at least one horror flick is highly recommended, whether it's a gruesome tale, a campy excursion, or a big monster movie.

This week, we'll be offering a few recommendations, starting with what's available on live streaming on Netflix. Don't use the service? We'll be offering a variety of movies worth your time on Hulu and Amazon Prime later this week as well.

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Trylon microcinema Offers Two Unusual Halloween Frights This Week

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Do you need to get your horror-movie fix before All Hallow's Eve? Want to get out of the house before the November cold shuts you in? Then be sure to check out the Trylon microcinema's festive programming this week.

Last month, Trylon co-hosted the Alien Invasion film series with All-Star Video at the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. This month, Trylon's Halloween programming has been in full swing.


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