"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II"

Opens Nov. 20

Sure, the plot of the YA dystopian series is eerily similar to that of "Battle Royale." And there's some fucked-up irony around the fact that a plot highlighting income inequality and class warfare has become a heavily promoted billion-dollar movie series. (And we have to admit that we couldn't get past the first book in the series—Suzanne Collins' writing style just isn't our thing.) And yet, and yet: We openly wept in the movie theater when we saw "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" because of the depiction of the hero, Katniss Everdeen, suffering from obvious PTSD. Her nightmares, her flashbacks, her struggle to adjust to "normal" society after going through the Hunger Games were clear signs of trauma, and it was the first time we'd ever seen a woman on screen grapple with those symptoms—and it was all the more moving to see Katniss' trauma portrayed so deftly and respectfully by Jennifer Lawrence. Seeing that representation on screen is enough for us to fork over our dollars to keep watching the franchise. The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, thesenatortheatre.com. (Anna Walsh)

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