Mmm … Movies

March 22, 2012

Friday marks the release of “The Hunger Games,” a work of fiction in which impoverished teens fight to the death to win a lifetime spared of starvation, and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” a doc in which people pay for food with money instead of their lives. While “Games” may not whet your appetite, “Jiro” (and these other films) will.

Big Night (1996)
The story of one extraordinary night in a failing Italian restaurant, this carb-fest will have you running for Little Italy as soon as it’s over. Or even Olive Garden, since it’s closer.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
A Chinese father shows his love for his three daughters through his traditional cooking. Hugs are nice, but with food like this, emotional distance doesn’t seem such a big price to pay.

Chocolat (2000)
Juliette Binoche opens up a chocolate shop in rural France. It’s so good, Johnny Depp isn’t the tastiest thing around.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Amy Adams supposedly put on 10 pounds while making this homage to Julia Child. That’s pretty impressive, though it seems possible to put on five just watching it.

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel, this movie combines magical realism and traditional Mexican cooking. There’s not a chimichanga in sight in this spicy love story.

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