It’s been a couple of years since Steve has been defrosted, picked up by S.H.I.E.L.D., and brought in to fight aliens alongside other superheroes. Physically, the 95-year old has started to adjust to 21st century living, but psychologically, he’s still unsure what he’s fighting for. Modern society is morally gray and doesn’t fit with his black-and-white view of the world. The world as he knew it has changed.
“The future belongs to those who know where to belong.” Based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, the story is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world. The rest of the world has been destroyed by wars and the remaining society lives in factions inside a protective fence. More than a diversion, “Divergent” is sufficient to carry another surefire franchise.
The 86th Academy Awards opened with the stage filled with dozens and dozens of blown-up Oscar statues, and Ellen DeGeneres took center stage as host. In her pre-show interview, she mentioned that her goal was to give a great performance, but not overshadow the stars, and to make them feel relaxed and happy. She seemed to accomplish that without venturing into jokes that are borderline offensive, as dished out by last year’s host, Seth MacFarlane.
An origin story based on Tom Clancy’s character and more than a decade after the last Jack Ryan movie, Star Trek’s leading man Chris Pine (“Unstoppable”) is a man of intelligence and action, a former marine turned brainy CIA analyst and reluctant field agent. This fast straight-shooter is a splash of summer thrill in the winter.
The abyss of excess takes entertaining to the extreme. “The Wolf of Wall Street” spirals with sins and sizzles with exuberance. There’s not a dull moment in the three-hour run. Scorsese directs it with revelry. Terence Winter (screenwriter) writes it unbridledly. DiCaprio lives it up like the king of the world and swaggers into a staggering performance. Deplorable, hysterical, phenomenal.