The Hunger Games (PG-13) ★★★☆☆
This long-awaited adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ YA novel series doesn’t disappoint. A century or so from now, North America is ruled by a totalitarian government and divided into 12 neglected districts. For the annual Hunger Games, two children from each district are chosen to compete to the death, while the nation watches on TV. Amazingly enough, director/co-writer Gary Ross handles the inherent violence and fight for survival with a deft hand.