With the Hunger Games destroyed forever in Mockingjay: Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2 (12A) opens with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) plotting the final downfall of the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) as the rebellion against the repressive government in the Capitol achieves an irresistible momentum.
Born from the books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games has become a movie phenomenon since it first arrived in 2012. But all sagas must come to an end, and Mockingjay Part 2 will see this last chapter to its breathtaking end.
Enda Kenny’s decision to cut USC has been seen as a bid to reclaim votes, a hero garda is being celebrated after risking his life to save three children, Paul O’Connell plans to see out his IRFU contract and David Beckham hits 40.
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The opening scenes of Tony Palmer’s documentary, Bird on a Wire, about Leonard Cohen’s five-week European tour in 1972 — which began in Dublin — show security manhandling concertgoers in Tel Aviv. Cohen coos softly, in his Quebecker drawl, into a microphone: “I know you’re trying to do your job, but you don’t have to do it with your fists.”
Anne Doyle, 61, is thriving on all fronts since she retired as news reader from RTÉ at the end of 2011. Between volunteering as an ambassador for her native county, Wexford, writing short stories and travelling — last stop Jamaica — life has been “surprisingly easy”. She had a flu six months ago. “It was very sapping, and when I recovered I found I was a bit aimless and felt I had to get some structure on my day. But it must have been the flu, because it passed,” says Anne, whose long-term partner is former restaurant owner, Dan McGrattan.
Adapted from the musical of the same name (which was itself adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel) and set in 19th century France, Les Miserables (12A) follows the fortunes of former convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he struggles to fulfil his destiny, despite being foiled by fate at every turn.