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In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" Katniss Everdeen continues her noble, determined commitment to secure democracy and ensure livable conditions for Panem's workers. This final installment in the series rather abruptly ties up some of the plot points and shuttles off problematic characters, some given a fitting send off, some dismissed too cavalierly. I doubt the fans will mind.

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The latest installment in "The Hunger Games" franchise, "Mockingjay -- Part 1," works hard to ramp up plot intensity, all the while building to a resolution that will come only a year from now in "Part 2." That it succeeds as well as it does comes largely from Jennifer Lawrence's charisma as Katniss Everdeen: strong, self-confident, and principled.

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The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute's Celluloid Couch series at Webster University concludes Thursday, May 19th with co-writer/ director Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right with analysis provided after the screening by Lenita Newberg. Teenage siblings Joni and Laser live with their two mothers, Jules and Nic.

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