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Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity starts boldly with a single-take in real-time of the fictional space shuttle Explorer drifting into view, while a specialist is working
on the Hubble telescope. As the astronauts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are convincing - but only ciphers if compared to the stronger characterisation of orbital
space as a perilous working environment where sudden death lurks in each second of every minute; and this disaster movie runs for an hour and a half.
This documentary series of ten chapters on three discs is largely composed of skilfully edited archive material from newsreels, photos, TV interviews, and voice-overs
of the official records and private writings of political leaders (and other prominent figures) of the 20th century, all cemented together with Stone's narration. The
overall effect is impressive and engrossing and frequently entertaining in its ambitious viewpoints on the neglected or forgotten stories of modern history, from the
global horrors of WW2, and Vietnam, to Nixon's comeback, and Obama's defective presidency.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is all about the moment in which its teenaged protagonist is dragged out of childhood and into grown-up conversation. Based
on a series of eye-wateringly successful novels by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
films take place in a post-apocalyptic North America where the leadership of a corrupt and decadent Capitol city supports itself by systematically brutalising the
inhabitants of 12 outlying districts.
With nameless roles in an escalating conflict, The Driver explores an extremely dangerous set of circumstances in the Los Angeles underworld. The entire cast are
excellent. Ryan O'Neal is the quietly spoken getaway driver following his own unwritten code. Bruce Dern is the garrulous police detective in a mood for breaking all the
rules. Isabelle Adjani is the 'player' who is drawn into their developing feud.