Philip Martin

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Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

Jennifer Lawrence, Mahershala Ali and Liam Hemsworth star in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. It came in first at last weekend’s box office and made about $103 million.


Hunger No. 1, but not up to par


Arkansas postcard past

Monticello, 1909 "You shall have to excuse my conduct on the way I did last Sunday." At the time there were more than 5,000 independent school districts in Arkansas and the average teacher salary was $273 a year.

Aces on Bridge


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Hunger No. 1, but not up to par

LOS ANGELES — Katniss Everdeen may have come out on top of last weekend’s box office with about $103 million in domestic ticket sales, but the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 fell short of industry expectations and, unlike the Twilight and Harry Potter young-adult juggernauts, her Hunger Games finale fell far short of other films in the franchise.

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Had enough

If half-baked final chapter is any evidence, all concerned with Hunger Games have lost appetite for series

In the film's breathless movie poster, super-heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is seen levitating in the sky in a tight leather jumpsuit, an avenging angel of fire and arrows; but when we first see her in the film, she's anything but triumphant. Under the ugly fluorescent lights of a medical clinic, she looks pallid and spent, her throat marred by ugly purple bruises, her vocal chords so badly strained she can barely muster a whisper.

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The Night Before

During movies about debauchery, it's tempting to wonder a few things: Would it be more fun to be one of the inebriated characters instead of merely watching them?

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Suffragette writer counsels vigilance

Suffragette, a partially fact-based drama about the early days of the female-led movement to give women the right to vote in England in the pre-World War I era, takes a dramatically surging episode of history and manages to make it thrilling and moving, a testament to a strong script by Abi Morgan.

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Home Movies

Meru, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (R, 87 minutes)

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Spectre retains box-office lead

Women owned last weekend's theaters as directors of three high-profile premieres opened across the country -- Jessie Nelson's Love the Coopers and Patricia Riggen's The 33 nationwide and Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea in limited release. But last week's powerhouses Spectre and The Peanuts Movie won at the box office.

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Secret in Their Eyes

In the languid remake Secret in Their Eyes, the awkward missing "The" in its title poses a more intriguing mystery than anything on the screen.

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There could be no more fitting hymn to in-depth print-based investigative reporting than Tom McCarthy's riveting, fact-based journalism procedural, Spotlight. The drama concerns the investigative reporters for the Boston Globe, writing for the paper's "Spotlight" section, in 2001 who were the first to uncover the massive pedophile cover-up perpetrated by the Catholic Church for decades, a scandal that eventually roiled the institution all the way to the Vatican.


(opening dates are tentative) Brooklyn, PG-13 Saoirse Ronan plays an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York who must make a difficult choice when something from her past surfaces.


New this week The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 80 PG-13 Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival -- they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, she and her friends (Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Josh Hutcherson) confront President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown.

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: One night, I came home late and noticed that I had forgotten to turn on my front-porch light. It was really dark, and without the light I knew I was going to have trouble getting my key into the keyhole.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Your emotional intelligence is off the charts and your people skills will earn you fantastic experiences, friendships and romances. Next month you'll take on a big, life-changing responsibility. January starts a physical makeover of either your home or your image. Virgo and Taurus adore you.