Valdosta Daily Times


November 27, 2013

Latest 'Hunger Games' catches fire



Again, this happens because the script works to make the story arc interesting. “Catching Fire” is a straightforward story that works semi-independently from its prequel and the novel. This film is enjoyable, even if one did not see its prequel or read the popular book series.
“Catching Fire” is genuine entertainment with a scheme worth following. It works. Simply put, it combines intriguing characters, good action sequences and a neat philosophical concept floating in the background regarding governmental power and the combined strength of united citizens.          
Grade: B (The mocking jay is finally catching fire.)
“Delivery Man” (Comedy/Drama: 1 hour, 45 minutes)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders
Director: Ken Scott
Rated: PG-13 (Thematic elements, sexual innuendo, some drug material, violence and profanity)
Movie Review: Vince Vaughn movies are a hit or miss. This one is good. Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a deliverer for his family meat business. His life is just fine until he learns that his multiple sperm donations to a fertility clinic nearly 20 years ago have resulted in him having fathered 533 children. Now, 142 adults have filed a lawsuit for Wozniak to reveal his identity. Thought of as an underachiever, Wozniak is an overachiever when it comes to producing offspring. He must now decide if he wants to be a father to 533, plus the one on the way with girlfriend Emma (Smulders).
While Chris Pratt is present for comedy, he is the worst part of this film. He is not convincing, although funny occasionally. He plays Vaughn’s best friend, Brett, a washed-up lawyer and father of four. His drollery subtracts from an otherwise workable piece that delivers drama and comedy bits. Pratt's involvement shows this film would have been better as a firm drama.
“Delivery Man" starts in a typical Vaughn manner — silly — but the film quickly becomes a touching one. As Vaughn becomes more responsible, the film improves with each scene.
This production is nothing powerful, but it offers enough to make it worth it. A kind story about doing what is correct quickly becomes moving. Vaughn, Smulders and a few others easily make this tale endearing.               
Grade: B- (Delivers enough ultimately.)

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