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Rated PG-13 · 146 minutes · 2013
After a sloppy start, The Hunger Games franchise kicks into high gear with this solid, darker chapter that truly entertains. Jennifer Lawrence, looking a little more haggard and embittered, makes for a far more convincing war-torn survivor this time out. Her performance is great, as are the contributions of a bunch of new cast members including Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Claflin. The new look and feel of the series can mostly be attributed to new director Francis Lawrence and his cinematographer, Jo Willems, who got rid of that dopey, baroque look of the first movie in favor of something darker. The plot involves Katniss and fellow survivor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) being forced into another Hunger Games where former victors must compete against each other. This installment has a lot more meat on the bone, and the action is easier to follow thanks to a much less frantic editing style. Francis Lawrence will direct the final two Hunger Games movies, and that’s good news for fans.
Official Site: www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/epk/catching-fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Suzanne Collins, Louise Rosner-Meyer, Joe Drake and Allison Shearmur
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Philip Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding and Bruno Gunn

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LA Weekly The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is a Delicious Middle Course It says something that two of the biggest sensations in young adult literature over the past 10 years have featured heroines who keep more than one guy on the line at a time. No longer do the genre’s bright young women sit around waiting for one Mr. Right to notice... by Stephanie Zacharek 11/14/2013
Connect Savannah Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Yes, it's that good. Bucking the laws of diminishing returns when it comes to sequels, it's even better than last year's The Hunger Games, itself no slouch in the entertainment department. by Matt Brunson 11/20/2013
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Inlander We Did Start the Fire Jennifer Lawrence and company raise the stakes in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Seth Sommerfeld 11/21/2013
Boise Weekly Catching Fire Movie Release Party May the odds be ever in your favor. by Harrison Berry 11/20/2013
Portland Mercury Welcome to the Jungle Catching Fire: Katniss has fun 'n' games! by Erik Henriksen 11/20/2013
LA Weekly The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Feels Like a Setup for Something Still to Come It says something that two of the biggest sensations in young-adult literature over the past 10 years have featured heroines who keep more than one guy on the line at a time. No longer do the genre's bright young women sit around waiting for one Mr. Right to notice them... by Stephanie Zacharek 11/21/2013
The Coast Halifax The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Bigger, more expensive, just as enthralling by Jacob Boon 11/21/2013
Arkansas Times Still hungry after 'Games' Sequel is light fare. by Sam Eifling 11/28/2013
The North Coast Journal Weekly Better Men by John J. Bennett 11/21/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Jennifer Lawrence doesn't reach full flame in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire As a middle trilogy chapter, Catching Fire faces the challenge of ending with a major cliffhanger, building to the resolution to come in the two-film adaptation of Mockingjay. by Scott Renshaw 11/20/2013
The North Coast Journal Weekly Where's the Fire? Dallas wins this movie week by John J. Bennett 11/28/2013
Memphis Flyer The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The poor and hungry strike back. by Greg Akers 11/21/2013

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