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The Divergent Series: Allegiant

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Scott’s take

I loved Divergent. I thought it was unique and entertaining. I thought Insurgent was tolerable but definitely not as good as it’s predecessor. While I could have and probably should have written a review for Allegiant, I decided against it because it’s a movie that kids are going to eat up and I didn’t want to spend time pointing out all that is wrong with the film. At this point either you are on board or you aren’t. I was a witness to cheering kids walking out of the screening, and even my own nieces declared Allegiant ” the best movie they had ever seen”.  I thought Allegiant was pretty bad when I first saw it, days after I’m thinking it could be the worst movie I have seen so far in 2016.  The acting is wooden and uninspired, the special effects are so shoddy that I kept looking for an exposed green screen, and the biggest problem with Allegiant was how much it veered from the concept and premise of the other two films. It’s just all over the place. Like I said, if you have kids and they are a big fan of the series, they will love it. Just prepare yourself to laugh- unintentionally.

Steve’s Take

Well, how can I really follow that up? I have not been a fan of any of the movies in this series. This one sits at 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, but will be seen by many a teenager this weekend. I’m 35. No, thanks.

Midnight Special

Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst star in writer/director Jeff Nichols’ drama about a father and his eight-year-old son who go on the lam upon discovering that the boy possesses mysterious powers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon sucked me in with Take Shelter. While that film admittedly wasn’t for everyone, Midnight Special looks like an old school Amblin/Steven Spielberg throwback. This one is my pick of the week.

Steve’s Take

I love the look and feel of Midnight Special. It is certainly one worth looking into.

Miracles From Heaven

When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on a true story.

Scott’s Take

Is it me or do we get one of these “person flat-lines and spends some quality time in Heaven, only to realize they are wanted back home, so they return to Earth and share their stories about how great heaven is” films every year? No. Thank. You.

Steve’s Take

Absolutely not. I just feel bad for all of the guys out there that will be dragged kicking and screaming to this one over the weekend.

Next Week

Allegiant better rack up all the money it can this week, because your favorite superheros finally square off on the big screen as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to take sight of some box office records. Also in release is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Have a great weekend everyone.