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“Divergent” and the Muppets come into theaters this weekend

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It’s a weekend that many who are fans of a certain YA series of novels have been waiting for for some time. This one takes place in a future dystopian Chicago, which I happen to find cool, but the reviews have not been encouraging, so far. No Hollywood studio has managed to capture the lightning in a bottle that happened with Twilight and The Hunger Games movies.

At the same time, Jim Henson’s creations are back on the big screen with another movie. This one is getting very positive reviews and will likely be the big family movie for the weekend.

Here are the movies opening in theaters March 21, 2014:

Divergent - Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q. Set in the future where the world is divided up into groups based upon a series of tests. They can be Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Each group has a certain set of traits and, since the world was destroyed in a violent war, this is the way the new dystopian government tries to keep order. This story, however, is about a girl named Beatrice Prior who has been part of an Agnegation family and goes to get her tests done. It turns out she is “divergent” which means that she does not fit into one group or another and may, actually, have attributes for all of them. Divergents upset society and are considered dangerous. This sets off a series of adventures that lasted for several novels. So far, however, the critics have not been kind to this movie. They are saying that this one quickly descends into standard YA novel cliches and does nothing particularly original. Rated PG-13.

Muppets Most Wanted - Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire. The Muppets are back on top after the last movie. Now they are touring Europe and selling out huge venues with their shows. However, once they travel overseas they become the target of the World’s Number One Criminal - Constantine. He just happens to look exactly like Kermit save for the mole on his face. Now Constantine and his Number Two, Dominic, are out to frame Kermit for Constantine’s crimes and use the Muppets to take part in a huge theft. This one is getting great reviews from critics. While some are saying that the prior movie was probably a bit more fun, this one has so much energy, jokes, cameos and a silly sense of humor that kids and adults will love it. Of the two movies opening this weekend, this might be the one to see. Rated PG.

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