Expected to take the box office by storm this weekend, The Divergent Series: Allegiant opens today and returns fans to the franchise as Tris, Tobias and Caleb discover that Divergents are people with pure blood, while the rest of humanity contains mixed DNA. Injecting a dose of heart-warming, faith-based sentiment into this week’s new releases, Miracles From Heaven also descends into theaters and follows the miraculous, real-life story of one Texan girl.
The entirely different story of another Texan rolls onto screens as well, with the Lance Armstrong scandal-based film The Program. There’s plenty of variety in this week’s flicks, so if none of the aforementioned films whet your appetite, read on to satisfy your craving! ~Matthew Pariselli
The third film in the four-part franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant begins as Factionless leader Evelyn Johnson appoints herself leader of the city and expects her son Tobias (Theo James) to help her. Meanwhile, Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) is sentenced to death for helping former Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews. Unhappy about the way the city is being run, Tris and Tobias escape into the world outside the fence where they discover Divergents are people with pure blood, while the rest of the population is damaged as a result of DNA mixing that occurred generations earlier. The film hits theaters across Canada today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Based on Christy Beam’s memoir of the same name, Miracles From Heaven, which opens nationwide today, tells the true story of 12-year-old Annabel Beam (Kylie Rogers), who suffers from a rare incurable digestive disorder, while her mother Christy (Jennifer Garner) searches for a solution. After surviving a freak accident, Anna finds herself miraculously cured of the rare disease. Miracles From Heaven follows a series of miracles as they unfold, leaving Anna’s family, doctors and the whole Texas community in awe. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Miracles From Heaven
Since Olympic bronze medalist Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch) returned home from the games, she’s felt like her hometown owes her. The foul-mouthed former gymnast is broke and treats everyone like garbage. When her former coach dies unexpectedly and leaves millions to Hope on the condition that she trains the town’s up-and-coming gymnastics star, she has to leave her ego at the door and get to work. The Bronze is the hilarious journey that coach and athlete embark on and it opens nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Bronze
Opening in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton today, Happily Ever After follows Heather (Janet Montgomery) home as she returns to the small town she always hated when her father becomes sick. Everyone’s surprised to see her, most of all her former best friend Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton). Sarah Ann begs Heather, an edgy documentary filmmaker, to film her wedding. At first adamant she won’t do it, Heather finally agrees and undertakes the video as if it’s a documentary. Along the way, she wonders what she and blonde, carefree Sarah Ann ever had in common, aside from the married high school teacher (Tom Cullen) they both had a crush on. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Happily Ever After
Irish sports reporter David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd) covers the world of competitive bicycle racing in The Program. When Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) makes a remarkable return to the sport of cycling after battling cancer, Walsh grows suspicious. His doubts rise when Lance connects with an Italian doctor who supports the use of performance enhancing steroids. As Lance’s victories start piling up, Walsh becomes convinced that banned substances are at play. Directed by Stephen Frears, this is the story of Walsh’s journey to uncover the truth behind one of sport’s biggest scandals. It opens in select cities today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Program
Rick (Christian Bale) is a successful screenwriter living a life of excess. He struggles to find meaning and uses a revolving door of women as a distraction from his loneliness, disillusionment and his dysfunctional relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). Directed by Terrence Malick, Knight of Cups follows their entanglement and is divided into eight chapters, plus a prologue, each exploring Rick’s relationship with a different person, mainly women, all of whom alter his life in some significant way. The film opens in Toronto and Montreal today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Knight of Cups
Opening in Toronto today and directed by Spike Lee, Chi-Raq is the modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. It follows a group of women who together decide to wage their own war on gang violence in Chicago’s Southside after the murder of a child by a stray bullet. They collectively choose to abstain from sex until the men they love agree to squash senseless crime in their area. It stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett. Click here for showtimes.