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Five Better Movies than 'The Divergent Series: Allegiant' for You to Watch Instead this Weekend

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant looks like a hot pile of horse shit, plus you're not 12 years old, so rather than go see it just to have something to do on Saturday night, stay home and watch any one of these five movies featuring cast and crew members from The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

 

The Descendants

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There's a reason everyone went Shailene Woodley crazy a few years ago, and it's all due to her fantastic performance in director Alexander Payne's 2011 Oscar winning film. There are a number of reasons to watch the film, not least of which are career best performances from George Clooney and Matthew Lillard—yeah, I said it—as well as sublimely funny supporting turns from Robert Forster and Nick Krause. While it's probably Payne's weakest film, that speaks more to the insane amounts of quality to be found on his cv. Give this one a shot, it'll surprise you. Available on Amazon and iTunes.

 

Whiplash

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The first and, to date, only film I've ever liked Miles Teller in just so happened to be 2014's best film. While Teller is the film's focal point, J.K. Simmons' Oscar winning performance as the vicious Terence Fletcher provides the film with its meatiest moments. Even at his best, Teller can't help but feel like analogous to Paul Dano's attempt to keep pace with Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood, but his normally off-putting air of arrogance works to the character's advantage in this film. It's easily one of the best films of the decade and well worth your time to see, especially if you've been putting it off. Available on Amazon and iTunes.

 

♥ Huckabees

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After seeing her in Mullholland Dr. and 21 Grams, I was thoroughly impressed by Naomi Watts, but I was left wanting to see more from her. Whether or not you like writer/director David O. Russell, it's hard to deny that he gives dramatic actors the chance to show off their comedy chops, and Watts is one of the best things about his absurdist 2004 comedy. While this is certainly not a film for everyone, if you can get on its bizarre wavelength, you'll find it to be one of the more incisive takedowns of consumer culture you've ever seen. Available on Amazon and iTunes.

 

Something Wild

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On the outside chance you only know Jeff Daniels from either Dumb and Dumber or his sublime turn on Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, you owe it to yourself to check out a pre-fame Daniels in Jonathan Demme's hilarious 1986 comedy. Released on DVD & Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection a few years ago, this perfectly pitch black comedy features two other fantastic pre-fame performances from Ray Liotta and Melanie Griffith, and remains one of the essential "buttoned down guy meets a free-spirited gal" road movies ever made. Available on Amazon.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

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While it would be impossible to call Zoë Kravitz the best thing about this Oscar-winning action flick, she's far from the worst thing about it. As one of Immortan Joe's stolen wives, Kravitz does reliably good work as an audience surrogate, more often along for the ride than in control of anything. I can't stress enough how fantastic this film is, and if you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out on something truly spectacular. Available on Amazon and iTunes.


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