Short reviews of what’s in theaters

November 23, 2014 12:54 AM

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Short reviews of what’s in theaters

★★★ The Homesman A spinster pioneer (Hilary Swank) and a broken-down claim jumper (Tommy Lee Jones) journey east to bring three madwomen back to civilization. Directed by Jones, this odd, ungainly western is harsh in its details, wayward in the telling, yet increasingly powerful as it rolls along. A genuinely strange and haunting movie. (122 min., R) (Ty Burr)

★★ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 This cash-grab half-installment dispenses with the sadistic but dramatic killing competitions that gave Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of novels their name and reason for being. Without that arresting gimmick, the project deflates with a loud hiss. With Jennifer L...

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