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New Films: Hunger Games The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes In Theaters For A Short Time

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photo by Belle Paccione
Entering finals week in high school is like entering the arena.

The newest Hunger Games movie debuted on November 17, 2023, in theaters until December 15. 

Before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who’s a songbird and who’s a snake. Katniss’ story feels complete, and it hinges on Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins wanting to revisit Katniss herself. If Collins doesn’t want to crack a story about Katniss’ return, then the film team won’t be bringing Jennifer Lawrence back. This means Lucy Gray wins the 10th Hunger Games, and she is sent back to District 12.

Meanwhile, Snow is forced to become a Peacekeeper after Dr. Gaul and Dean Highbottom learn that he cheated. He requests to be sent to District 12 where he reunites with Lucy Gray and Sejanus Plinth, who also becomes a Peacekeeper with no repercussions for mentor Coriolanus, who broke some rules to ensure his beloved songbird makes it out alive.

Nick Widdoss a sophomore, read the books and thought they were interesting. He read all four of the books and watched the movie. He said all four books were really good and taught him to strategize. Nick’s favorite character was Katniss Everdeen. Widdoss said, “When Mrs. Crooks started talking about the book I did not find it interesting, but learning more about the book piqued my interest. My favorite district is number 12 because it is for coal mining. There was a lot of content that was in the book that was in the movie too. I would love to re-read the books over again.”

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Belle Paccione, Photo Editor
Hey, I'm Belle Paccione, I’m a freshman at Cypress. I absolutely love writing plus photography. It has been two of my greatest passions I was gifted with. That's why it gave me a great reason to join journalism.
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