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Today's Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' - The other March Madness

People have waited a long time for this movie. Web searches for characters and information of the book have been higher than for Harry Potter and Twilight. Well, it's finally here and judging from the HUGE crowds at the movie theater last night, The Hunger Games craze isn't gong away anytime soon.

The premise of the film is that in the future, an apocalyptic war has broken out and North America (now called Panem) is divided into 12 districts. To demonstrate the brutality of war, The Capitol annually hosts "The Hunger Games" which randomly chooses a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district to engage in a battle royale until only one is left alive. When the 12-year old sister of Katniss Everdeen is selected, Katniss volunteers herself to participate in her sister's place. Each of the contestants goes through a dog and pony show as well as physical training to compete in the games. When the games finally begin, it's a brutal, bloody race to survive.

The Hunger Games is based on a very popular book of the same name and is followed by two others, which will surely also be made into film. I haven't read the book but after describing some of what takes place to a friend who has I think they did a pretty good job of translating it to the screen. The direction was good and the characters were believable and likeable. The Hunger Games was overall solid but it bothered me to see young people kill each other in the names of glory and sport. I would have been fine with it were they all 18 years old but some of the players looked they were about 8 years old and it just didn't sit right to see their death at the hands of other kids. If I were to recommend and age on this film, I would say save it for a 15 year old. I wouldn't take my kids to see it. The violence itself wasn't overly brutal, it was actually relatively without gore and was limited to a few scenes but it was still the fact that it was kids killing kids that hurt it.

Even though the overall nature of the film bothered me, it's still a very solid work and I give it 8 stars out of 11.

Also this week, Will Ferrell takes on the Spanish language in Casa de mi Padre, a Spanish soap opera/comedy on film about a two brothers who find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord while scheming a way to save their father's ranch. Coming to Market Street Cinema, Rampart stars Woody Harrelson as the last of the renegade cops in the 1999 Los Angeles Police Department who works to take care of his family and struggles for his own survival.

The first movie I ever reviewed was 2010's Clash of the Titans and next week, its' (hopefully better sequel Wrath of the Titans hits theaters. This time Perseus (Sam Worthington) braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), captured by his son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), and brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. Also, the first of the year's Snow White and the Seven Drwaves adaptations hits thr screen. Mirror Mirror is the comedic tale of an evil queen (Julia Roberts) who steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess (Lily Collins) who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.