Does the final “Hunger Games” flick hit the bullseye? “Daddy’s Home” homley? “The Letters” worth writing about? Popcorn Bag home video reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards are back in the screening room with the latest on the  Hollywood's latest releases including their thoughts on the final "Hunger Games" film.



They stretched it out as long as possible and the padding shows, but the “Hunger Games” saga has finally come to a mostly satisfying conclusion. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” succeeds mainly because of its star, Jennifer Lawrence. She hits the bull’s eye as the reluctant leader of a political rebellion in the dystopian future.

It’s hard to see how this violent action flick got away with a PG-13 rating, but it’s an involving spectacle. Thanks to Lawrence’s riveting presence, Katniss Everdeen will go down as one of the great characters in the history of action movies.

Shawn says the last installment is, “on par with the previous movies. The conclusion is somewhat satisfying but awfully drug out.”

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags



"Daddy’s Home” is a raunchy family comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as a stepdad and birth dad vying for the kids' affection. As you might expect, it's broad and silly, but ultimately it’s a ‘by-the-numbers’ effort.

Shawn says, “Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have very little chemistry together in this throw away movie.”

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags


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On the other end of the cinematic spectrum is “The Letters,” the biography of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mother Teresa. Juliette Stevenson is rock solid as the woman who achieved accolades for her sacrifice and work with the poorest of the poor in India.

This handsomely produced and well-acted film was written and directed by Clinton, Missouri native William Riead. Although it is extremely slow moving and austere perhaps to a fault, “The Letters” is a well-meaning tribute to a modern day saint.

Shawn says, “It’s a nice attempt but should have been way more engaging.”

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

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