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At the Liberty: "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"


December 14, 2023

"The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"

DAYTON­ ­— Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ #1 New York Times Bestseller -"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes."

Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" does a great job of adapting the book, adding depth to a central character while giving fans a look at how it all started” states the audience summary from the Rotten Tomatoes website. The critics there only rated this movie at 64% favorable, but audiences liked it and gave it an 89%. The IMDb website rates this movie as 7.2/10. This movie is rated PG-13 (strong violent content and disturbing material). The IMDb website’s Parents Guide lists this movie as moderate for violence and gore, and for frightening and intense scenes. All other categories are shown as mild or none. Runtime is 2 hours and 37 minutes.

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