11/22/2013 09:00 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire — the second installment of post apocalyptic saga The Hunger Games — is faster, sleeker and grander than the original, says CBC film reviewer Eli Glasner.

Resting on returning star Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen and memorable performances from co-stars such as Donald Sutherland, the thriller also features fine performances from new cast additions, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.

Watch Glasner's review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in the attached video.