This Week in Movies - 3/16/15

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.



Release date: March 20
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Kate Winslet

As an entertainment journalist, it’s my responsibility to see a lot of movies, including the unholy parade of young adult novel-based films such as Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and The Mortal Instruments. So you’ll excuse me for sitting the Divergent series out, and forgive me for saying that I have no idea what any of this means: Insurgent follows Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) as they evade Jeanine Matthews (Winslet) and the Erudites in the aftermath of the uprising. As Tris evades her enemies, she must uncover the secrets of her family’s past and give the world hope for the future.



Release date: March 20
Director: Jonathan M. Gunn
Cast: Ted McGinley, Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd, Lee Majors

From the producers of the surprise box office hit God’s Not Dead (starring Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain) comes another faith-based feature film with an equally mind-blowing cast of Hollywood has-beens. Do You Believe? follows a preacher (McGinley) who touches the lives of characters in 12 different stories. The movie also co-stars beloved Goonies actor Sean Astin, whose parents want the bestest stuff for us. But, right now, they gotta do what’s right for them, ’cause it’s their time. Their time up there. Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.



Release date: March 20
Director: Pierre Morel
Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone

Whether you’re Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan or Denzel Washington, no A-list male star is allowed to enter the twilight of his life without first playing a secret agent who wants out of the game, but is forced to go on one last mission (and probably die in an act of selflessness). This month, Sean Penn pays his dues in this movie based on the novel The Prone Gunman, in which he plays an operative who wants to retire with his long lost love, but must first thwart the agency he’s quitting. Be free, Sean. You were too beautiful for this world.


Have an opinion on this week’s releases? Tell us how YOU really feel below.



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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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