The highly anticipated finale of “The Hunger Games” series is in theaters everywhere today. A continuation of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”, the film sees the return of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who leads a rebellion against her society’s sadistic leader. While that film is sure to dominate this weekend’s box office, there are other movies hitting theaters today as well, like the adult Christmas comedy “The Night Before”, which stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. There’s also the drama “The Secret in Their Eyes”, an American remake of the 2010 winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Some much buzzed about movies will be coming to select theaters as well, like the drama “By the Sea”, which features the onscreen reunion of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the ensemble drama “Spotlight”, and a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. Read more about those movies and this weekend’s other new releases below.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”: This action movie directed by Francis Lawrence is the concluding chapter in “The Hunger Games” saga. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen, who leads a rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to save Panem and everyone she loves. Runtime: 137 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material.
“The Night Before”: This comedy directed by Jonathan Levine follows Isaac (Seth Rogen), Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Chris (Anthony Mackie), guys who have been friends since childhood and have always gotten together on Christmas Eve for a night of hard partying. Now that they are grown up and their lives are all changing, the tradition must end, so they set out one last time to find the ultimate Christmas party. Runtime: 101 minutes. Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity.
“The Secret in Their Eyes”: Directed by Billy Ray, this thriller follows a team of investigators—Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Jess (Julia Roberts), and Claire (Nicole Kidman)—whose lives are torn apart when they find that Jess’s daughter has been brutally murdered. Thirteen years later, Ray finally uncovers a clue that could lead to the killer, but more shocking secrets lay ahead. Runtime: 111 minutes. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references.
Other movies opening in St. Louis:
· “By the Sea”
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre