Urgent to see “Insurgent?” “Far From the Madding Crowd” stuffy? Popcorn Bag Home Video Reviews!

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1) INSURGENT (PG-13)

Lionsgate

 

RUSS

The “Divergent” series, yet another young adult sci-fi drama set in a dystopian future, made its big screen debut last year. The second in the four-part movie series is “Insurgent.” If you haven’t seen the first one, seeing “Insurgent” isn’t urgent.

 

Shailene Woodley is back in the continuing story of a teenaged girl who rebels against the formidable powers that be. While “Divergent” was reasonably entertaining, the sequel will be impossible to follow for anyone who hasn’t seen the original.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bag

 

2) FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (PG-13)

20th Century Fox

 

RUSS

Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian romance “Far From the Madding Crowd” has been given a handsome, well-acted cinematic reincarnation. Carey Mulligan plays a headstrong woman who inherits a rural English estate and attracts the romantic attentions of three different men.

 

While Mulligan lacks the transcendent charm that Julie Christie exhibited in the 1967 version, the new version of “Far From the Madding Crowd” is a lush and involving period piece with a contemporary feel.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

 

3) DO YOU BELIEVE? (PG-13)

Freestyle Releasing

 

RUSS

“Do You Believe?” is the latest faith-based film from the folks at Christian film house, PureFlix. The name cast includes Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Lee Majors and Cybill Shepherd.

 

It plays a bit like a squeaky-clean Robert Altman drama that includes a miracle in one of the many, interwoven plots threads. Well produced and sincere, “Do You Believe?” may not win any converts, but it’s an entertaining example of preaching to the choir.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

 

 

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