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‘Catching Fire’: Your Guide to the Victors

catching_fire_character_guide_mainThe 75th Hunger Games is upon us and in honor of the third Quarter Quell, things are going down a little differently. Rather than reaping two contenders between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the country’s 12 districts, tributes come from the pool of victors. You already know Katniss and Peeta, so meet the experienced killers who will try to steal their title when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on November 22.

District 1: Cashmere & Gloss

If you’ve seen The Hunger Games, you know what coming from District 1 means – career tributes. Katniss dubs Cashmere and Gloss “classically beautiful” siblings. When she was younger, she watched the pair dominate their games for two consecutive years, which would put the duo in their 20s. The entertainment value of their win streak made Cashmere and Gloss Capitol favorites and now that they’re back, they’re the ones to beat and they know it.

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Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

The-Last-Exorcism-Part-II-PosterDropping Nell in an entirely new environment and nixing the found footage format put “The Last Exorcism Part II” on track to becoming a fresh-feeling sequel to the original, but that’s about as far as director/co-writer Ed Gass Donnelly gets.

“Part II” picks up where the first film left off. Nell (Ashley Bell) is the sole survivor of the cult massacre in the woods and is shipped off to a home for struggling girls in New Orleans. She actually manages to assimilate, taking a local job, making friends and even finding a boy she likes, but Abalam still lurks nearby, preparing to make his move to possess Nell forever.

Clearly “The Last Exorcism Part II” is light on story. There are loads of possibilities in plucking Nell out of her rural Louisiana town and plopping her back down right smack in the middle of New Orleans, but the gag loses steam fast, ultimately becoming a wasted opportunity. Rather than provide intimate access to Nell, conveying how uncomfortable and confused she must feel, each new encounter just is what it is. She simply sees an iPod. All of a sudden she’s just walking through a Mardi Gras parade. She looks incredibly awkward each and every step of the way, but not a single new occurrence does anything to build the character.

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