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Review: “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Is an “Empire Strikes Back” for 2013

•, by Roger Friedman
 That’s ten notches higher than the original “Hunger Games.” Amazing. What’s it like? It’s like “The Empire Strikes Back” for 2013. For the middle chapter of a trilogy, “Catching Fire” has tons of actions, lots of narrative, and ends with a… question mark.

As the three 13 year old girls who were in our party said last night at the screening: “That’s where it stopped???” They loved it.

Truth be told, “Catching Fire” is very entertaining. It’s a great big B movie in the B for Best sense way. It’s got breathless action and rarely stops. But it also has a lot of heart, character, and development.

It’s also incredibly well cast. There’s the main trio: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. (Not Chris, the one from “Rush” and “Thor”– just FYI.) They’ve met new pals in the form of Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. Then there’s the holdovers from the first movie, all of whom are a delight to see: Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz.

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