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Hunger Games Week – 6 days to go – Actor Profile

Josh Hutcherson

Before The Hunger Games smashed into our lives a few years ago, starring Hutcherson as male lead Peeta Mellark, Josh was a relatively unknown actor. He’d enjoyed great success in 2007’s Bridge to Terabithia which was acclaimed by critics and saw Hutcherson win Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the Young Artist Awards.  Aged only fifteen at this point in his career, Hutcherson looked to be going on to bigger, better and brighter things.» >

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Hunger Games Week – 7 days to go – Quiz

Over here in the Spark* offices, our whole team of writers and (especially) editors are becoming very excited about the upcoming movie which is merely days away. Therefore we thought we would include a special week long feature, celebrating all the things we love best about the series. Enjoy and make sure you check back every day for a new article!  –  Charlotte, Spark* Film and TV Editor

Real or not real?» >

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Review: Pokémon X & Y

Author: Aaron Hall

Certain game series can get away without making significant changes to their formula — in fact, there are some that would risk infuriating their fans if they did alter too much. Games like The Legend of Zelda or Call of Duty carry a fond familiarity to them; they remain strong enough contenders in their genre that nothing is doing what they do better. Mario Kart, these games aren’t.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – The Escape Artist

Do not watch The Escape Artist on your own.

I repeat, do not watch it on your own. Get a group of friends together to watch it, blackmail your significant other into staying with you on the sofa/bed, lock the doors and refuse to let anybody out until the thing is over. Just do not watch it on your own.

Talented lawyer Will Burton (David Tennant) is famed for never losing a case.» >

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Film Review – Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game has been compared to many movies, but if there is another original product that it resembles it’s the Golden Compass (The novel  version of Northern Lights), in that both are based on the first of a novel series that combine big themes with accessibility. And Ender’s Game ultimately suffers the same problems that Golden Compass had. The need to fit almost every plot detail of the novel results in a rushed pace that leaves no room to explore the ideas of the source material.» >

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Film Review – Philomena

Although Steve Coogan is a prominent figure in modern comedy thanks to Alan Partridge, he has been recently branching out into more serious roles and here he co-writes and stars in this film based on true events. Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), a disgraced journalist and political adviser who is asked to help an old lady, Philomena (Dench), find her long-lost son who was taken from her at birth because it was born outside of marriage.» >

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Film review – Thor: The Dark World

The sequel to the excellent Thor, Thor: The Dark World picks up roughly two years after the action of the first film. In the meantime Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has been searching for Thor in between doing her sciencey thing and narrowly avoiding the complete destruction of New York. Her semi-peaceful existence is brought to an end, however, when she gets sucked into a space between dimensions and infected by a universe destroying creation.» >

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Film review – Closed Circuit

A modern London market scene – a women pushes a pram, a man is arguing on his phone, two girls try comfort their insecure friend, fruit is being sold, vans are moving up and down. Suddenly, a bomb goes off and a hundred and fifty people are killed. Closed Circuit is about the two lawyers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) that are chosen to defend the alleged terrorist bomber. The film’s socio-political relevance could not be overstated considering London’s experience with terrorism.» >

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