Off-Key — Pitch Perfect 3 Review

Off-Key — Pitch Perfect 3 Review

The first Pitch Perfect was lightning in a bottle — it was a sleeper hit that worked the trending a capella genre for full effect and spawned a radio hit with Anna Kendrick singing the cover for Cups, aka When I’m Gone.

Pitch Perfect 3 brings the group back together for one last go, this time as an overseas touring group for the USO. Hoping to relive their glory days, the Barden Bellas — who have seen their lives diminish since they’ve last been together — compete on an uneven playing field against music groups and DJs vying for a spot as DJ Khaled’s opening act.

New developments include Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) father Fergus (John Lithgow) entering the picture as he hopes to build a relationship with his estranged daughter. Beca (Anna Kendrick), whose music career still hasn’t taken off, gets an opportunity to show off her producing chops when she sits in for an impromptu session at Khaled’s mixing board. 

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The Hunger Games Review

The Hunger Games Review

Let’s get to the point — yes, it’s good.

It’s good in so many ways, and for so many different reasons. The Hunger Games as a movie (I have not read the book) does what so many movies based on popular things forget to do — stick to the essential script.

There seems to be a healthy fear, it might be better to say concern, about this movie — it’s as if the filmmakers were afraid to screw this up for the hardcore fans who appreciate and love the novels written by Suzanne Collins.

The filmmakers don’t handle the material with kid gloves — instead, they’ve approached it with disciplined tact, and they’ve created a movie that’s refreshingly intelligent, focused, and terrestrial, so much so that I sat there in the theater after the movie was over feeling astonished and, this is important, thankful.

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