Let's be real. Sitting through any movie in an auditorium-style seat is torture. You can get about as comfortable in those flip down chairs as you can on an airplane. So if you're considering seeing "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (which got 3.5 stars from Globe critic Ty Burr), here are 11 reasons you should find a theater with recliners.
1. You'll save $2 on your ticket. (Boston = $12.50, Braintree = $10.50)
You'd be making the frugal people of the districts proud.
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2. Your back won't be killing you when you stand up.
Which means you'll be able to sleep like a baby when you get home, unless the tropical arena gives you nightmares.
3. You can put the armrest up to cuddle.
Like Peeta and Katniss do on the eve of the games. (Collective "aw.")
4. You can avoid angry negotiations by reserving your seat ahead of time.
Too bad there's no negotiating the terms of the Quarter Quell. The tributes definitely tried.
5. Your legs won't fall asleep and give way on you when you stand up.
It'd be impossible to run from the other tributes with a dead leg.
6. You can take a nap if you really don't like the movie.
Don't worry, we won't tell anyone.
7. You can sink into the seats because they're leather... Duh.
You can't sink into regular theater seats. More like sitting on top of.
8. You can hide your tears in the puffy headrest.
The moment when Gale stands up for an elderly man and gets punished by General Thread... Yeah you'll need a tissue.
9. You won't have to deal with someone kicking the back of your chair.
While you watch Katniss and Peeta and crew kick butt.
10. You won't have to crane your neck, no matter how close you sit.
You'll have a perfect view of Finnick's perfectly sculpted, shirtless bod. If you're into that kind of thing.
11. You don't need to worry about kicking people as you walk by.
Not that we advise going for a bathroom break. This is not that kind of movie.
Tickets to showings of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at AMC Braintree 10 run for $10.50 with reserved recliners, and AMC Tyngsboro 12 comes in a little cheaper at $10. If you want to stay a little closer to the Hub, the Showcase SuperLuxe in Chestnut Hill offers power recliners for $20 (LuxLite ticket).
If you're planning to see the movie, check out our list of 12 things you should know before stepping foot into the theater, and then tell us what you thought of it in the comments.
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Tom Russo is a regular correspondent for the Movies section and writes a weekly column on DVD releases.
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