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This time, Katniss has little competition

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.”
Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.”

(Posted Tuesday) Some questions seem to exist just to plague us. Such as, why does dental floss seem to run out just when you have what seems like an entire carrot embedded between your molars? Or why do other drivers (never you) speed up instead of slow down when the light turns yellow? Or why do I always tend to find movie seats that attract people who, one, love to rattle their bags of popcorn and, two, delight in chewing with their mouth open?

Along with these unanswerable queries comes one involving movie scheduling: Why is it that some movies open with hardly any competition at all, while other weeks offer so many choices it is virtually impossible to see them all – and still have an actual personal life, anyway.

This coming week offers one of the more sparse schedules in recent weeks as only one huge mainstream opening is scheduled, accompanied by a little movie aimed at devout Christians. Friday’s openings are as follows:

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”: Katniss and her pals continue their fight against the power. A series finale that is so big it has to be told in two – count them, two – parts. Somebody call Peter Jackson.

And in Spokane after opening last week in Coeur d’Alene: Kirk Cameron feels the need to put some Christian reason back in the season in “Saving Christmas.” And a happy holidays to you, too.

Dan Webster


(Posted Thursday) Foo Fighters have a new album out, “Sonic Highways,” and have announced a gigantic North American tour that will bring them to the Gorge Amphitheatre on Sept. 12. On Saturday, they’re offering a “Beat the Bots” presale, in which fans can actually line up in person to buy their tickets before they go on sale online – allowing actual humans to beat the scalpers and resellers who use advanced software to clog online queues and gobble up as many tickets as possible. And if you want to beat the bots on Saturday, there’s only one place to go: Key Arena, in Seattle.

Which is great if you’re a Foos fan in Seattle. And not so great if you live here. For what it’s worth, the Spokane Arena is technically closer to the amphitheater than Key Arena – sure it’s a difference of 11 miles, but still.

So in the meantime, we can wait until the online presale on Dec. 1, or the general public on-sale Dec. 4, through Ticketmaster. Prices will range from $45 to $75. Visit or for details.

Carolyn Lamberson

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