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March 19, 2012

Movie preview: “The Hunger Games”

Rated: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing image, all involving teens

Running time: 2 hr 22 min

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks

Plot: Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games” is set in the ruins of what was once North America, where twelve remaining districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, televised for all to see. 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen becomes a contender in the Games in order to save her little sister from having to compete. Only one of the 24 contenders can survive. To win the Games and return home, Katniss must make choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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