Jennifer Lawrence dominates ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sequel

November 21, 2013 4:01 PM

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As “Catching Fire” gets underway, Katniss and Peeta are touring the benighted districts of Panem, where a restive populace is spoiling for revolution. Urged on by the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland), they ratchet up their ginned-up romance, distracting the starving, impoverished masses with hints of a wedding and, just maybe, an impending baby bump.

Despite their obvious historical allusions, the “Hunger Games” films — based on the cult hit series of novels by Suzanne Collins — are very much about America today, from the consumerist decadence and obscene disparities in wealth enjoyed by Panem’s smug one percent to a reality-show culture of comp...

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