review roundup//CINDERELLA AND INSURGENT

I'm proud to announce that I have accepted the position of Social Media Community Manager for North American Properties' Atlantic Station property. One of my many new responsibilities will be to regularly attend early screenings of films in order to write film reviews. Regal Atlantic Station is one of the busiest movie theaters in the country and, as such, providing further promotion to films being screened is part of the process. I can't say I'm complaining at all! Because of this new role, many of the films I'd normally review on here will be reviewed and posted on Atlantic Station's blog. To make sure my reviews can still be seen, I'll feature a "Review Roundup" every once in a while with plugs to recent films I've seen and reviewed for the AS site. Feel free to take a look around there and, if you ever find yourself in Atlanta, come for a visit!

Grade: C+

INSURGENT
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd

Despite lacking anything new or fresh, Insurgent, the second chapter in the Divergent series, delivers plenty of thrills and lots of fun.

Director Robert Schwentke's Insurgent picks up shortly after Divergent ends, with Tris (Shailene Woodley) continuing her battle against the leaders of society, plus the growing internal battle against herself. Unrest is imminent and, quickly, she learns that sometimes the best way to fight is to sacrifice one's self for those you love.

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Grade: B+

CINDERELLA
Directed by Kenneth Branaugh
Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

Once upon a time, there was an animated film that touched the hearts of audiences around the world and made "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" a permanent part of pop culture. Sixty-five years later, Cinderella returns to the big screen in a new, live-action adventure from Disney.

Lily James, who you may recognize from TV's "Downton Abbey", stars as the intelligent, fair-skinned, and lovely Ella. Despite tragedy, she is a girl who keeps her head held high and finds means of happiness around every corner, much to the dismay of her evil stepmother, played to perfection by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. Cinderella may be a story we are all familiar with, but this new origin tale takes a beautiful and clever twist to the old-fashioned story.

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