Tag Archives: Shailene Woodley

Big Little Lies

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. A star-studded miniseries that takes us to an affluent Monterey community and primarily its women. At first, we in the audience learn that police are investigating a murder but the victim remains a secret to us until the last episode. What plays out before that is a stylishly directed soap opera … Continue reading Big Little Lies

Snowden

ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.  In 2013, former NSA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) clandestinely meet with two journalists and a documentary filmmaker in Hong Kong to tell them the story of why he decided to expose the U.S. government’s wide-ranging surveillance of citizens. We already have Laura Poitras’s documentary … Continue reading Snowden

Allegiant

BREAK THE BOUNDARIES OF YOUR WORLD. As Chicago is in danger of replacing one dictatorship with another, Tris and Four (Shailene Woodley, Theo James) prepare to leave the city to see what’s beyond the wall surrounding it. The third film in the Divergent franchise cuts Veronica Roth’s last novel in the series into two movies. A bad … Continue reading Allegiant

The Fault in Our Stars

ONE SICK LOVE STORY.  16-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who is dying of cancer, meets 18-year-old Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who has survived bone cancer, at a support group and they strike up a connection… A box office success, and a breakthrough for its young stars who are very likable; Woodley also delivers a performance that is … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars

Insurgent

ONE CHOICE CAN DESTROY YOU.  Tris and Four (Shailene Woodley, Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine Mathews (Kate Winslet), while she is trying to find a Divergent with powers strong enough to open a mysterious box. A new director and writers make sure that this sequel to Divergent (2014) has more action and … Continue reading Insurgent

Divergent

ONE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU.  After a war, Chicago has been walled off and its citizens divided into five factions; teenager Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses which one to belong to and discovers a conspiracy. A dystopian sci-fi adventure targeted at teen girls with a strong female character fighting an authoritarian leader – it’s impossible … Continue reading Divergent

The Descendants: Trouble in Paradise

  In a recent interview, Alexander Payne said that he’s only made minor films and that he’s still hoping to make a really good one someday. Well, considering his output (five films, all of them deserving three-and-a-half to five-star ratings), he’d better deliver one hell of a classic masterpiece in the future. The Descendants, his first … Continue reading The Descendants: Trouble in Paradise