Screening Room: “Divergent,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Enemy,” and “Muppets”

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1. DIVERGENT (PG-13)
Lionsgate/Summit

RUSS
“Divergent” is the latest young adult sci-fi novel to be adapted to the big screen. Like “The Hunger Games,” it’s an action drama set in a dystopian future with society run by people whose priorities may not include the welfare of the masses. It’s not quite in the same cinematic league as “The Hunger Games,” but it’s a reasonably entertaining and well-produced cautionary tale. It apparently diverges from the books in a way that may bother purist, but ”Divergent” is a modestly engaging startup for the franchise.

SHAWN
Not as glam as "The Hunger Games" or cheesy fun as "Twilight." A way too sluggish start, too much set-up and not enough action. Sort of just blah. But fan approved.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

2. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R)
Fox Seachlight

RUSS
Wes Anderson, the king of quirky filmmaking, returns with yet another visually arresting and whimsical oddball comedy called “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ralph Fiennes plays the concierge at a swanky European resort in the 1930’s.

Anderson’s story takes place in a cartoonish alternate universe that will undoubtedly charm his fans. Others may find it hard to tune in to his idiosyncratic humor. Like the elaborate desserts that play a part in the plot, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a treat that may be a bit to rich for its own good.

SHAWN
Just odd to be odd. Overly quirky and at time just plain stupid. Wes Anderson needs a new style. Been there, seen that.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

3. ENEMY (R)
A24 Films

RUSS
Jake Gyllenhaal gives an excellent performance in the dual role of a history professor AND his doppelganger in the eerie art house thriller, “Enemy.” A puzzling, dark and moody horror flick, it tiptoes around themes of identity and desire. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, but it’s intriguing.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: Did Not Screen

4. MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG)
Walt Disney Pictures

SHAWN
A total blast for the entire family. More like the TV show in tone than the last movie. Lots of cameos, witty banter and Muppet slapstick. A really fun 90-minutes.

RUSS: Did Not Screen
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

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