Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright
Release Date: November 22
Good news: Finally, we're in a year without a new Twilight movie. In that teenybopper franchise's place is the much better, far more respectable The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of the action series based on Suzanne Collins' popular books. This bodes well for youngsters everywhere, folks.
How so? Because, now, they'll be invested in the performances of top-shelf young actors (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson), in the hands of a talented director (Francis Lawrence), and surrounded by first-class character actors (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright). The toned down Battle Royale violence is just icing on the cake.