Director: Francis Lawrence. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Toby Jones. 146 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
Book 1, book 2, book 3. That's the order of which I enjoyed the "Hunger Games" books - the first my favorite. The movie adaptation of the second book, "Catching Fire", performs the rare feat of panning out the story better than the book, thanks to a few small but dramatically significant changes (mostly pointed out here); to the extent that the second movie is as good as the first one. Still amazed at the writer's knowledge of political science: picturing how totalitarian regimes work, and how revolutions become corrupt. And Woody Harrelson is always such a wonderful supporting presence.