1. The NPR Movies crew has started a new feature — every week, movie critic Bob Mondello is going to Vine-mime his reaction to the movies. This week: Catching Fire.

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  1. It’s been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. There were new versions of Conan the Barbarian and Arthur this summer. Fresh incarnations of Footloose and The Thing open today. And soon we’ll see Hollywood’s take on the Swedish hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Cue the standard complaint: Hollywood has run out of ideas.

    Hold on, though. Let’s think this through.

    — Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

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