Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 (12A) KATNISS Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) barely survived the Third Quarter Quell. Separated from fellow tributes Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone), who are being held in the Capitol, Katniss gathers her strength in a secret underground complex.

Her allies include childhood friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody AHarrelson), chaperone Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), architect of the rebellion Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

|Jennifer returns as Katniss The people of the Districts look to Katniss to lead them against President Snow and the armed forces of Panem. "We're going to stoke the fire of this revolution that this Mockingjay started," growls Plutarch, commissioning a series of propaganda videos directed by Cressida (Natalie Dormer), with Katniss as the reluctant star. Meanwhile, Snow initiates his own forceful media campaign fronted by Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and aand a T clearly disoriented Peeta.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is the calm before the storm of full-blown conflict.


THE HOMESMAN (15) MARY Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) owns a ranch and a sizeable plot of land on the outskirts of a close-knit Nebraska Hilary | in The community.

Suitors repeatedly reject her because they consider her ugly, but Cuddy continues to plough her own furrow.

Three local women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) show signs of insanity and Reverend Alfred Dowd (John Lithgow) proposes that one of the husbands should take the wives to a mission in Iowa run by Altha Carter (Meryl Streep).

When the gutless spouses fail to get behind the plan, Cuddy volunteers to drive the wagon instead. En route, Cuddy rescues a claim jumper called George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) from hanging, T on condition that he helps escort the three women all the way to the Missouri River.

The unlikely travelling companions head east, encountering a shady hotel proprietor (James Spader), a thieving cowboy (Tim Blake Nelson) and a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld), as yet unmarked by the lawlessness of the era. …

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