Films: Francis Lawrence

Red Sparrow

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 19min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker

Dominika (Lawrence) is a beautiful Bolshoi ballerina forced to go to spy school and seduce American agent Nate (Edgerton). Not an action vehicle but a dialogue-heavy spy story, surprisingly downbeat and sometimes genuinely nasty, but Lawrence gives a complex and balanced performance, the cast is strong and the topicality…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Written by: Peter Craig, Danny Strong
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
  • UK release: 19 November 2015

In the final part of the saga, as the plot and pace pick up, Katniss (Lawrence) plots to kill Snow (Sutherland) and heads to the capital with a team of rebels. Bar a couple of stand-out scenes, it plods a bit and Lawrence feels like she's outgrown the role. Functional rather than fantastic.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Double Bill

  • 2014/2015
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence

Mockingjay Parts One and Two shown back to back.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore
  • UK release: 20 November 2014

Carving the final book in the Hunger Games series into two movies pays off, giving rhythm to a story that might otherwise have felt rushed. Action and politics are confidently balanced, Sutherland is deliciously vile as ever, Hutcherson is finally given something interesting to do and while Lawrence is rightly the star…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 2h 26min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
  • UK release: 21 November 2013

Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) are forced to enter a special 75th anniversary games featuring contestants who've previously won. The sequel to 2012's The Hunger Games maintains the high standards of its predecessor, with a credible script, plenty of visual and narrative variety and superb performances.

Water for Elephants

  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz

R-Patz plays a veterinary student who runs away with the circus, where he meets a particularly beguiling horse trainer (Witherspoon).

I Am Legend

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Surprisingly solid adaptation of Richard Matheson's much-filmed novel about the possible last man on earth (Smith) and his attempts to find a cure for the man-made bacterial virus that has killed off everyone else, bar a few mutant vampires.