Divergent Series: Allegiant (***) gets worse than it gives

If they'd finished, the series, it likely would not have been improved much. The same can be said for every film set that tried the same gimmick outside of the last Harry Potter film. In that case, the first one was the let down. Still, there are worse ways to pass a rainy Sunday. The Hunger Games series, for instance. Too bad the bottom didn't fall out on that series first.

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Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

Divergent - 2014 Director Neil Burger Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort Screenplay by Eva Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, based on the book by Veronica Roth  Divergent is another movie covering the ever-increasing line of books made for younger readers, but enjoyed by … Continue reading Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

The Apparition: The only thing we have to fear is bad cinema

The Apparition - 2012 Written and Directed by Todd Lincoln Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Juliana Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Suzanne Ford There are lots of dumb aspects to The Apparition: The acting: There are plenty of decent actors in the film.  Felton spent the better part of a decade being one of the nemeses of Harry Potter. … Continue reading The Apparition: The only thing we have to fear is bad cinema

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part I: Watching Grown Men Cry

Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - 2011 Directed by Bill Condon Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattison, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellen Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Sarah Clarke Written by Melissa Rosenberg based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer There is a point after Bella (Stewart) has … Continue reading Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part I: Watching Grown Men Cry

Red Riding Hood has a woman’s touch, but it ain’t enough

Red Riding Hood - 2011 Directed by Catherine Hardwicke Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Lukas Haas Written by David Johnson based on the Brothers Grimm tale Catherine Hardwicke must have high standards.  She declined to direct Twilight: New Moon, which then made about a gazillion dollars. … Continue reading Red Riding Hood has a woman’s touch, but it ain’t enough

I Am Number Four takes it self seriously, but is fun

I Am Number Four - 2011 Directed by D.J. Caruso Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAullife, Kevin Durand Written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon, based on I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Jobie Hughes and James Frey) The name James Frey is a fount of controversy ever since … Continue reading I Am Number Four takes it self seriously, but is fun

Twilight: Eclipse story is good, action better, head shots a little close

    Twilight: Eclipse Director David Slade Starring Robert Pattison, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellen Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer There's a point in Eclipse, the third movie in … Continue reading Twilight: Eclipse story is good, action better, head shots a little close