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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Jennifer Lawrence Mostly Makes It Work

Jennifer Lawrence

The second chapter of this saga still hasn’t figured out how to reconcile being a big-budget spectacle of violence while criticizing big-budget spectacles of violence. But Catching Fire is an improvement over last year’s quadrilogy opener, even if designed and executed as a placeholder (complete with a cliffhanger ending) rather than a full-blooded story on its own.

In the first installment we met the tragically named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who triumphed in the annual Hunger Games staged by an evil dictator (Donald Sutherland) and his media-savvy minions.

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