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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2': Effie and Katniss prepare for the end

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Murray Close

Jennifer Lawrence’s firebrand heroine Katniss Everdeen and her allies finally get to exact revenge on the ruthless President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the last chapter of the massive Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Katniss still has her loyal men by her side, but in this installment, due Nov. 20, we are also treated to an impressive array of take-charge females, led by Game of Thrones vets Natalie Dormer and ­Gwendoline Christie and by a new character, Lieutenant Jackson (True Blood’s Michelle Forbes). 

Elizabeth Banks, too, returns as stylist extraordinaire Effie Trinket. “There is some serious girl power in this movie,” says director Francis Lawrence, who gives all the credit to author Suzanne Collins. “She wrote it that way, and it’s been so much fun to inhabit.”

The final chapter is sure to be littered with casualties and packed with painful sacrifices. “It’s probably the most emotional of the bunch,” he says. “And I think it’s the most ­satisfying of the bunch.”

In other words, bring tissues.

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