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Find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend’s box office).
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
The second installment in the film series based on the YA book trilogy stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer. Robert Schwentke took over directorial duties for the film, which centers on a young woman who confronts the authorities in her society. THR film critic Sheri Linden writes in her review that the series “offers a more cohesive and involving second installment,” wihile Schwentke “brings a flair for taut and flavorful action.”
Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Mark Rylance star in director Pierre Morel‘s action film about a sniper on the run in the Congo. “This is pretty boilerplate stuff that takes itself way too seriously,” writes THR film critic Leslie Felperin in her review.
A rock star regrets his life choices after he finds a long-lost letter to him from John Lennon in writer-director Dan Fogelman‘s dramedy. Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening star. According to THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy, the film “doesn’t take long to reveal itself as thoroughly cutesy, cornball stuff.” Read his full review here.
Do You Believe?
Director Jon Gunn‘s religious drama about a pastor who questions his faith stars Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin and Alexa PenaVega. “The filmmakers have delivered an effort with solid production values and a cast stuffed with familiar (if faded) stars giving performances fully committed to the agenda-spouting material,” writes THR film critic Frank Scheck in his review.
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