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Film review

‘Hunger Games’ upgraded with 'Catching Fire' but plot much the same

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
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Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
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A considerable upgrade over the first “Hunger Games” movie, “Catching Fire” comes across more like a remake than a sequel. In the adaptation of the second installation in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy, there’s certainly plenty that has changed. Rebellion against the totalitarian rule of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the 12 districts of Panem is growing. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is now a beloved hero with the weight of celebrity on her shoulders. And ...

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