‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’: Mostly setup, which is fine (Our grade: B)

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Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and Pollux (Elden Henson) in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1." Murray Close / Lionsgate
Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and Pollux (Elden Henson) in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1." Murray Close / Lionsgate

Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and Pollux (Elden Henson) in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.” Murray Close / Lionsgate

“Part 1” is the rare adaptation that also solves a bunch of its source material’s problems… But frustratingly, “Part 1” is very much that: a preface to a final confrontation. Audiences are left at a rather grim moment with knowledge of, as Snow puts it, “moves and counter-moves” yet to come. See you this time next year.

» Read full review at MyStatesman.com | Showtimes for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’

» Read about a Q&A with the producer and director of the film on MyStatesman.com


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