Just Another Day in Middle School

Movies: ‘The Hunger Games’
Amandla Stenberg, a frightened child in “The Hunger Games”

The popularity of Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy is well-deserved. Though aimed at young adults, the dystopic drama is gripping for adults as well, with complex characters, a political backdrop that resonates at many levels and a fearless, go-for-broke plot. (The writing is pretty great too.) It was controversial when it came out, and the film, despite the huge public relations machine that propelled its opening night to new heights, raised hackles.

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