New movies in theaters this week include a faith-based film starring Sean Astin, the second installment of the “Divergent” franchise, Sean Penn on a killing spree, and Taylor Lautner in a new action-thriller.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s opening in theaters this week.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT
PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language | In Theaters 3/20 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Summit, Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Insurgent | Facebook | Twitter
This second movie in the “Divergent” series raises the stakes for Tris (Shailene Woodley) as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.
Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Tris and Four face one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Zoe Kravitz also star in this movie directed by Robert Schwentke and based on the book by Veronica Roth.
PG-13 for some intense violence, perilous action, sexual content and language | In Theaters & On Demand 3/20 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | Facebook
After he crashes his bike into a beautiful stranger named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), Cam (Taylor Lautner) is introduced to her crew — a team that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a violent crime gang, Cam quickly joins the group.
As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger and Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as the crew’s heists grow more daring with each job. Directed by Daniel Benmayor, this movie also stars Rafi Gavron, Adam Rayner and Sam Medina.
This adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Prone Gunman” stars Sean Penn as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. The body count is high.
Directed by Pierre Morel, who also helmed “Taken,” this movie also stars Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance.
DO YOU BELIEVE?
PG-13 for thematic elements, an accident sequence and some violence | In Theaters 3/20 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Pure Flix Entertainment | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | Do You Believe? | Facebook | Twitter
This faith-based movie follows a dozen different souls, all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don’t yet believe it.
When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
Directed by Jonathan M. Gunn and from the creators of “God’s Not Dead,” this movie stars Sean Astin, Mira Sorvino, Madison Pettis, Lee Majors, and Cybill Shepherd.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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