Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 11/26/14, 01:00 am

“You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity, or you will find yourself another Mockingjay.”  

With these words, heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) seals an uneasy alliance with President Coin (Julianne Moore), leader of the rebellion against the Capital. Along with Plutarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Coin was behind Katniss’ shattering of the 75th Hunger Games in the last movie. 

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Mockingjay, Part 1 asks teens to tackle harsh realities

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 11/21/14, 12:13 pm

Trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 show hero Katniss Everdeen as a kind of modern Joan of Arc. Dressed all in black, she’s a warrior princess leading the charge against the Capitol and evil President Snow.  

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Demarest Films

A Most Wanted Man

DVD
by Emily Whitten
Posted 10/31/14, 01:00 am

Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is only a middleman in Germany’s international spy scene in A Most Wanted Man. With bureaucrats breathing down his neck and Muslim informants hanging on every word, his loyalties as part of an anti-terror unit are complicated. Those familiar with Cold War tales like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will recognize novelist John le Carré’s complex, character-driven storytelling here, albeit with a post-9/11 plot.  

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