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Capsule Movie Reviews (Mar. 19): 'Teenage' and four more

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Teenage
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 18 MINS.
Director Matt Wolf uses startling archival footage to capture the rise of pre-Elvis youth culture as the defining surge of the 20th century. He draws links between the flappers, the idle kids of the Depression, and even Hitler Youth to show us how teenagers first found a niche between alienation and ecstasy. B+Owen Gleiberman

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Review: 'The Hunger Games' on DVD and Blu-ray

The temptation to pat yourself on the back after making a movie that grossed $650 million worldwide must be overwhelming. At least, that’s the impression you get watching the new two-disc set of The Hunger Games (2012, PG-13, 2 hrs., 22 mins.)

As anyone who’s seen the teen blood-sport adventure knows, director Gary Ross and his trio of young stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth) did a pretty remarkable job of staying true to the spirit of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel and delivering the goods without dumbing things down. They gave the book’s rabid fan base exactly what they wanted — at least within the parameters of a relatively gore-free PG-13 rating. So bravo to them. We can’t wait for next year’s sequel, Catching Fire.

That said, the more than three hours of extras left me a little… hungry. READ FULL STORY

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