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11/25/2013 05:35 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

2013-11-25-catchingfire1_410.jpgSo it's back to the arena, where life is cheap but the production values sure as hell are not. In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, defiant champions Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) discover how costly their rebellion actually is, both in terms of human toll as the government moves to crush any signs of rebellion inspired by their victory, and personally, as the ruling elite -- represented by the likes of Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman -- conspire to force them into a new, even more deadly competition.

beabetterbooktalker.com's Andrea Lipinski is back once again to share her knowledge of the original book series with Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons. We'll look into whether there's story enough to support two-and-a-half hours of screen time, whether the return to the bloody Hunger Games competition is worth the trip, and whether all the characters have a preternaturally intimate understanding of human nature or are just damn lucky. Then, Dan and Andrea quickly discuss the celebratory Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, "Day of the Doctor." Plus: What's coming to theaters next week.

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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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