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DVD review: 'Catching Fire' adds more heat to 'Hunger Games' franchise

Published February 15, 2014 1:01 am

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Grade • B+

DVD • The Lawrence factor is at work in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," a sequel that's more exciting and involving than the first movie.

Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is dynamic, again, as Katniss Everdeen, who discovers that winning the do-or-die televised spectacle with friend and potential love interest Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) isn't the end of things — not when President Snow (Donald Sutherland) sees her as a symbol of rebellion and plots to stop her by throwing her and Peeta back in the arena for an all-star Hunger Games.

The other Lawrence is the director, Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend"), who ramps up the emotional stakes and pumps up the action. —

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