In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' and More

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Still 7 - H 2014
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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Still 7 - H 2014

And see what THR's critics are saying about the Hugo Weaving crime film 'The Mule' and the Penn State abuse doc 'Happy Valley'

A strong-willed archer, a drug mule and a young couple are headed to theaters this weekend with the releases of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, The Mule and The Sleepwalker.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

The latest film in the franchise stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Director Francis Lawrence's adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel centers on Katniss deciding whether to join the rebellion while trying to help Peeta. The movie is "like an overgrown and bloated trailer for a film yet to come" and "has all the personality of an industrial film," writes THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy in his review

The Mule

Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell star in co-directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson crime film about a first-time drug mule getting apprehended by authorities. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that "the film suffers from its own occasional sluggishness," although Weaving "keeps the action alive."

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The Sleepwalker 

A couple deals with the arrival of the woman's younger sister in director Mona Fastvold's film. Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet star. THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review that the film is "an oblique, haltingly paced drama," while "the lack of narrative detail is consistently off-putting."

Happy Valley

Director Amir Bar-Lev's documentary focuses on the aftermath at Penn State University of the assistant football coach's arrest on abuse charges. According to DeFore, the film "is more concerned with the phenomenon of team spirit than any single question of fact or moral judgment." Read his full review here. 

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