The Hunger Games ★★★★½

The Hunger Games is a excellent film, eclipsing all other YA contenders meteorically. The performances are incredible (particularly Jennifer Lawrence in a star-making turn), and whilst the film isn't exactly original (cough cough Battle Royale), it's deep, intelligent, affectingly sonorous, brooding science-fiction worthy of its blockbuster recognition. Move over, Potter. Katniss owns the YA throne.