GAL APPROVED! Viola Davis Masters The Hunger Games. Plus: BIPOC Holiday Movies On Neflix And Disney+!

By   |   November 17, 2023   |   Entertainment, Gal Approved

Viola Davis in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes 

In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Dr. Volumnia Gaul is the brilliant and brutal mind behind the tenth annual Hunger Games. The electrifying Viola Davis takes on the role of the mad scientist and Academy instructor who masterminds the battleground for its mostly doomed players. She’s cruel, indeed, but she has her reasons, and she sees something in an 18-year-old  Coriolanus Snow, whose origin story is explored in this Games installment.

The ruthless president of The Capitol, whom we met in the form of Donald Sutherland in the first Hunger Games is now a young student at the academy, played by Tom Blyth, charged with assisting his Hunger Games competitor slay (pun intended) her competition. Of course, she’s a beautiful young woman named Lucy Gray, played by Rachel Zegler, and Snow finds himself drawn to her, which leads him to do some questionable actions to aid his ward. This tale has many twists as we get more history about the Games and their origin. We also get a little tease about Katniss’ ancestry, something fans will be deep-diving for years (or until the next film!). The movie is visually stunning and emotional, though at 2 hours 40 minutes, it did lag a little in its third hour. But Hunger fans who are hungry for more Games will eat this up!

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is now playing in theaters.

BIPOC Holiday Movies on Netflix and Disney+!

Chilly weather, Thanksgiving prep and a full calendar of holiday movies! We know you’re ready to whip up a cup of hot cocoa and plop down on the couch for all the merriment, joy and good tidings you can handle. Check back every Friday for the best BIPOC holiday movies to watch this year!

Best. Christmas. Ever!, Netflix

Brandy Norwood stars as Jackie, whose life seems perfect thanks to her annual holiday card. When her friend Charlotte (Heather Graham) shows up at her doorstep, her unbelievable card is put to the test! Matt Cedeño and Jason Biggs also star. Now playing on Netflix.

Dashing Through the Snow, Disney+

Eddie (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) doesn’t like Christmas. But his patience and faith are put to the test when he and his daughter spend one memorable night helping Santa (Lil Rel Howery) escape from bad apples who definitely deserve cauliflower in their stockings this Christmas. Now playing on Disney+.



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