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  • Divergent:

    The first of a trilogy based on the best selling young adult novel by Veronica Roth, Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars) is Tris, a young woman in a future society who rebels quietly against a system that requires everyone, at the age of 16, to be categorized as one of five factions where they will spend their lives.  Occasionally, after significant aptitude testing, someone won’t fit … they are seen as “divergent,” and are destroyed.  Tris is divergent, but early on has not yet been found out.  A good cast that also includes Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd. Rated 14A.

  • Need for Speed:  

    The producers clearly believed that Aaron Paul (Jessie Pinkman on “Breaking Bad”) would be such a draw in this street-racing story of an ex-con out to set things right, that script and story really wouldn’t matter.  Wrong.  Paul is handcuffed by dialogue and expository scenes that make little sense, and the overall plot of his racing cross-country to get the guy who framed him, while other factions seek to destroy him, doesn’t hold together.  The driving scenes are good, with little CGI and lots of real car action, but that isn’t enough to carry the film.  And neither is Aaron Paul.  Directed by Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”). Rated 14A.   

  • Oculus:

    Director Mike Flanagan, known mostly for television series work, does a credible job with this horror-chiller in which a mirror in a house seems to be in the business of possession people.  Brother and sister Kaylie and Tim Russell (Karen Gillan and Brendan Thwaites) lived in a house in which Kaylie believes their parents died because of the mirror ... and Tim, confined for years to a mental hospital to deal with the residue of those events, is now out and Kaylie is bent on destroying the mirror – easy for her to say.  Not a slasher-style horror film but rather a movie that builds fear and ominous outcomes with good dialogue and an interesting story.  Rated 18A.

  • The Last Days On Mars (2013):

    Liev Schreiber and Elias Koteas star in a sci-fi horror-thriller about the first Earth expedition to Mars, scheduled to leave after successful research on the read planet, when something catches the eye of one of the astronauts … it appears to be a fossilized life form that he collects against orders, and then disappears.  Now the search is on, and the expedition team begins to disappear, one-by-one.  Not bad, but hard to imagine that a trained specialist would ignore the implications of fooling with something that was clearly out-of-bounds. Rated 14A.

     

    Southcliffe (2013): 

    A British four-part mini-series that attracted rave reviews when it aired last year.  Rory Kinnear “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”) is journalist David Whitehead, telling the story of 15 murders in a small town through his own eyes, and those of each of the victims.  An excellent yarn that will be enjoyed by those who like good British storytelling.  Rated 14A.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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