The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2
It's the end of an era and of an epic series as the final Hunger Games entry hits theaters today. Look for heroics from Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen as she leads her band of rebels against the tyrannical ruler of Panem. The star-studded cast is full of other returning favorites, including Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It promises to be the weekend's hottest ticket, so get in line or online early.
The Man in the High Castle
What if the Allied Forces lost to the Axis Powers in World War II? Such is the premise of The Man in the High Castle, a highly anticipated series on Amazon Prime that offers a glimpse of this alternative universe. Based on the Hugo Award-winning 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick -- whose science fiction works have been adapted into acclaimed films like Blade Runner and Minority Report -- the story focuses on members of the resistance in the United States, which in this world has been divided into territories belonging to Japan and the Third Reich as well as a neutral zone around the Rocky Mountains. The titular man in the high castle is a nameless figure who many believe is responsible for distributing forbidden films that show the Allies winning World War II. Characters Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a New Yorker, and Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos), a San Franciscan, find themselves on a journey to this neutral territory that involves the transportation of one of these films. Follow their story on Amazon Prime this weekend.
Actress Tara Subkoff's first film as a director, #Horror, explores the world of privileged East Coast mean girls and stars the fantastic Chloe Sevigny, plus Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty, Taryn Manning, Lydia Hearst, and Stella Schnabel. The movie is Gossip Girl meets Bling Ring meets Scream. Look for lots of slasher scares as well as some killer artwork featured in the film. Opens in New York and Los Angeles Friday, and on VOD.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Every November 20, we remember the lives lost to transphobia. At least 22 trans women were killed just this year in the U.S.; hundreds more were taken around the world. Commemorate their lives and advocate for change in 2016 with TDOR events around the country, from Birmingham to Boise. Click here to see where you can walk, march, or pray.
Another comic book series? Well, Netflix's new offering, which debuts its first season on Friday, is a little different. The female protagonist is a tough, damaged, boozy cookie -- a former superhero who opens a detective agency. Jessica is more interested in paying the rent then saving the city and can be a bit of an "asshole," according to star Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23). Critics are eating up this female-led Marvel series, which also stars The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss as a lesbian client of Jessica's.
Adele is back with a long-awaited new album, 25, which finds her collaborating with Bruno Mars, Danger Mouse, and Max Martin, among others. The tracks find the still-youthful singer (she's 27) and new mother rolling deeply in nostalgia as she reflects on the passing of time, and she's said the album was inspired by Madonna's Ray of Light -- Madge's first album after becoming a mom. 25 is out today; order here.
It's New York in the 1950s. You're working as a shopgirl in a department store, when suddenly, you lock eyes with those of a gorgeous older woman in a fur coat. You sell her a train set, but she forgets her gloves on the counter. Perhaps you should give her a call. So begins the electrifying romance between Therese (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett), women who develop a friendship and then something far deeper in a time when same-sex love still not dared to speak its name. Directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), the film was adapted for the screen by Phyllis Nagy from The Price of Salt, a 1952 romance novel written by Patricia Highsmith under the cover of a pen name. At the time, the story was highly unconventional, as its lesbian characters did not die or "meet the right man" or join a convent. Thus it took decades before the world was ready for a film adaptation. At long last, see Carol in all its glory in select theaters this weekend.