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The Hunger Games:

Mockingjay – Part One

  As the film credits start to roll, the handsome husband said, “Is that it?” To which I replied, 𠇍on’t worry, there is a part two.”  �n I see the part two today?” He is funny like that.

  Mockingjay – Part One begins where Catching Fire left off. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has defeated the Hunger Games Quarter Quell with her well-placed arrow and is now in the midst of District 13, the rebellion stronghold.

  Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is also in District 13. He has joined the rebellion after the destruction of District 12. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is a captive of the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). I’ll have to mention that if you haven’t seen the first two films or read the books, Mockingjay probably isn’t the best choice for your trip to the theater.

  The military precision of District 13 includes President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). The constant grayness of their uniforms and living quarters is a bit overwhelming. I think it’s supposed to be. Coin and Plutarch work together to create a � of the rebellion” which is, of course, The Mockingjay – Katniss. At first Katniss resists, but the horrors committed by President Snow keep her in the fight.

  I felt slightly let down by Mockingjay – Part One. While the characters, and actors, were all as brilliant and fascinating as ever, the action was slow and downright tedious at times. Naturally, in the book all the excitement is in the second half. The first half sets up all the conflict, right? Right.

  Still, four boxes out of five are appropriate for the level of intensity director Francis Lawrence managed to maintain even when what was happening wasn’t intense. Jennifer Lawrence – there are no words for how much I enjoy her as Katniss Everdeen. Josh Hutcherson – sadly, he wasn’t on screen very much, but his few moments were vital. If you’re a Hunger Games fan you won’t be disappointed, because you know what is coming in Part Two.

  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and some disturbing images. For a complete listing of shows and times, please call 1-888-319-FILM or visit the website at


    Sometimes people forget that legendary Donald Sutherland played an iconic character in this 1970 film which was later turned into a very successful television series.


  I did not expect the strength of acting from Shia LaBeouf that I saw in Fury. I still think of him as the hapless guy who believes his neighbor is murdering people in this 2007 thriller. Disturbia.


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