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This weekend, 'Divergent' may be next 'Hunger Games', plus new 'Muppets'

There’s a big movie weekend coming at us this Friday, with the release of several anticipated films. “Divergent” is based on a popular young adult book series that is comparable to “The Hunger Games”, while “Muppets Most Wanted” reunites the cast of the “Muppets” reboot of a few years ago. Plus, the critically acclaimed “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens in St. Louis and other theaters nationwide this weekend. Which one will you see? Read about those films below, and leave a comment at the bottom letting us know.

Four (Theo James) trains Tris (Shailene Woodley) in "Divergent"
Summit Entertainment

Nationwide Releases

Divergent”: This action movie directed by Neil Burger and based on the popular book by Veronica Roth is set in a future Chicago, where society is divided into factions based on personality traits. It is time for sixteen-year-old Tris (Shailene Woodley) to choose her faction, but she a test that reveals she is Divergent—in other words, she doesn’t truly belong in any one faction. She keeps this a secret as she embarks on her faction training, but when conflict starts simmering in their society, she finds that being Divergent, though it puts her in danger, may be able to help her save everyone. Runtime: 139 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.

Muppets Most Wanted”: Directed by James Bobin, this sequel to “The Muppets” finds the reunited group embarking on a world tour. Things get crazy when they run into Constantine, a dastardly Kermit-the-Frog look-alike, and get involved in a European jewel heist. Runtime: 112 minutes. Rated PG for some mild action.

Other movies opening in St. Louis:

· “God’s Not Dead

· “The Grand Budapest Hotel

· “Bad Words

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters:

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