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Sequels are often a mixed bag, but this follow-up to the 2012 hit is based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, and not the arbitrary contrivance of a greedy studio. It represents commendable storytelling that ought to please the book’s many fans. With so much exposition out of the way, credited screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn have the opportunity to explore and expand on the basics of the first installment while introducing prominent new characters. Anyone unfamiliar with the books, or the first movie, will be left in the dark as this is a direct continuation of the initial film.  Once again, the success of Hunger Games revolves around Jennifer Lawrence, who has a ...

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