Magical but Lacking Heart | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Newt Scamander is back in a film that, while magical, lacks some of the heart and magic of the previous films as it tackles on too much story and a too large cast, forcing stories to get sidelined and condensed. Continue reading Magical but Lacking Heart | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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‘Insurgent’ Delivers an Amazing Sequel | Review of ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’

By: Cynthia Ayala

‘Insurgent’ starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James
Summit Entertainment

Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, the Divergent protagonist who is on the run from the power hungry Erudites lead by the ruthless Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet). Alongside Four (played by Theo James), her friend and love, the two search for allies in the unlikeliest places of all in the futuristic ruins of Chicago. Together, they must find what Tris’s mother gave her life to hide, what Jeanine want’s so badly, the secret of the past that may be the key – or destruction – of the future.

Incredibly fast paced, this film delivers a punch and evaluates what it means to be a part of something, a community. Separated into factions – Dauntless, Candor, Erudites, Abnegation, and Amity – society has put up walls to differentiate themselves. However, those who fit more than one faction are Divergent, a quality that puts everyone, especially Tris, in terrible danger. The film goes beyond the first to evaluate who these characters are and where they come from. A fast-paced film jumps from scene to scene as it follows these characters who are being hunted down by Jeanine who discovers that soon; she needs the daughter of the woman she killed, she needs Tris. Talk about the irony. Kate Winslet plays the villainous so spectacularly.
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Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent

By: Cynthia Ayala  

An entertaining film that brings to life a novel that focuses on the cost of unity at a particular price.  While not a terribly unique concept, Shailene Woodley was able to bring to life her character and make herself, the character and the film shine.  Read on for a full review. Continue reading “Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent”