After her Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) traps the kingdom in an endless winter, Anna (Kristen Bell) gathers a gang of offbeat buddies to break the spell. Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Jennifer Lawrence makes her second appearance as the savvy, steel-spined Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian Hunger Games series. Murray Close/Lionsgate hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Philomena -- radically different films whose heroines have surprisingly similar qualities.

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After receiving a dubious letter, the aging Woody (Bruce Dern) heads off on a quest to collect $1 million, dragging his son David (Will Forte) along with him. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that he has the ability to travel back and forth through time, a power Tim uses in his pursuit of love. Murray Close/Universal Pictures hide caption

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In Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey takes on the role of Ron Woodroof, a Texas man who, diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, begins to smuggle experimental drugs in from Mexico. Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features hide caption

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) plays Solomon Northup, a New York freeman kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and eventually resold to plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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In Kill Your Darlings, Dane DeHaan (left) plays Lucien Carr, a man whose charm and wit quickly command the attention of the young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) in their time at Columbia University. John Krokidas' film chronicles the "Libertine Circle" they inhabited — Ginsberg's nickname — and the events that would shatter it. Clay Enos/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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President John F. Kennedy enjoys a moment of levity at this Rose Garden ceremony marking Columbus Day, 1963. AP hide caption

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In the emotionally fraught thriller Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks plays the real-life freighter captain whose Maersk Alabama was overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Bullock's mission scientist is a dubiously confident space traveler even before she's sent reeling toward the abyss by debris from an orbital mishap. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Wonder where he gets that: Gordon-Levitt's Jon, looking a lot like a chip off the old block (Tony Danza). Relativity Media hide caption

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