The latest ‘Month in Stubs’ sees two returnees in Nightcrawler and Interstellar whilst also featuring The Drop and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Dan Gilroy’s social study of crime journalism in L.A. follows Jake Gyllenhaal in an emaciated performance as Louis Bloom, a determined self-employed rookie nightcrawler. As he forges a relationship with a local news station he becomes embroiled in a criminal investigation involving his exclusive footage. * * * *

Inspired by the classic science fiction epics Christopher Nolan presents Interstellar, the year’s most anticipated film. Running at 169 minutes we are taken beyond our galaxy on a mission to source a habitable planet to save mankind. Nolan brings together some of the biggest names in modern cinema and combines them with a deep nostalgia to create a modern masterpiece. * * * * *

The Drop
Michaël Roskam
‘s neo-noir crime thriller featuring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini is an outstanding example of character development. Set against the backdrop of a harsh Brooklyn winter there aren’t too many films that can frame the development around a puppy’s innocence. The beautifully crafted tension in this underrated thriller works effortlessly up to it’s finale. * * * *

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The first of two parts to final act of The Hunger Games franchise is driven by political satire centring around the use of propaganda. Katniss reluctantly endorses District 13’s urges that she become the eponymous Mockingjay. In a film that effectively sets up the final showdown between Katniss and President Snow there is much to be revealed and leaves the audience on tenterhooks. Will the franchise be Mission Success of Game Over? * * * *

Be sure to check out What’s Eating Arnie Grape for my take on Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of Oscar as well.

With The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and Black Sea set for December release I hope to bring you another episode of ‘Month in Stubs’ come the New Year. Stay tuned and happy viewing.

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