Reel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity
Released in Theaters: March 18, 2016 (2D, IMAX)
Best for Ages: 13+
Genre: Sequel, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure
Runtime: 121 minutes
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After the earth-shattering revelations of 2015's Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago. In the world outside, they discover a shocking truth.
MOVIE REVIEW: Based on the YA book by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series: Allegiant picks up shortly after the events of 2015's Insurgent. Factionless leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) is holding trials for Jeanine's treasonous Erudite and Dauntless followers in front of bloodthirsty crowds straight out of "Thunderdome."
One of those prisoners is Caleb (Ansel Elgort), who is the brother of our heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley). But before Caleb is executed, Tris, Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoe Kravitz), and Peter (Miles Teller) break him out and then scale the wall surrounding the apocalyptic city of Chicago.
Outside, they discover an invisible “camera wall,” and beyond that, an area controlled by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The Bureau's leader, David (Jeff Daniels), and his employees reveal that Chicago's Faction-based society is actually a generations-old experiment to see whether humanity's “damaged” genes could heal themselves without genetic modification.
The Chicago experiment is monitored by the Bureau’s 24/7 surveillance systems that see everything. Tris is summoned to David's “office” at the top of a glass-walled high rise, where he tells her that she is genetically “pure,” but the other Divergents, including Four, are “damaged.” David proceeds to conduct a series of studies on Tris, while a suspicious Four believes that David's motives are less than honorable.
For moviegoers who've read the books, be forewarned that this installment strays wildly from Veronica Roth's book. While I still love the story and characters, Allegiant isn't quite as engrossing as the previous movies, 2014's Divergent and 2015's Insurgent.
I love the scenes outside the wall, where we get to see David's modernistic oasis in the midst of a barren apocalyptic landscape. There are also some cool bubble-like flying machines and intriguing special effects, especially when Tris and crew scale the massive wall.
But Allegiant doesn't equal the similarly-themed (and better) Hunger Games franchise, even though both feature strong female characters, young romances, and dystopian landscapes. For one thing, I miss Kate Winslet's character, who provided a deliciously sinister foil for our heroes in the previous movies. And there's not a lot of new character development in this movie.
There's still one more Divergent movie coming up - Ascendant, in theaters June 9, 2017. In that movie, Tris and Four fight to end the Bureau of Genetic Welfare's authoritarian reign over the United States. I'll be curious to see how the franchise ends, whether they follow the book a little closer, and if they can find enough material to fill up a whole movie.

PARENT OVERVIEW: Violence includes fist-fighting and gunshots, including some execution-style murders at close range. A few passionate kisses. A non-sexual shower scene shows silhouettes of male and female characters. Infrequent profanity includes a few uses of "s--t" and "ass," as well as insults.

PARENT DETAILS (May Contain Spoilers):
Violence/Gore: Not much blood is shown, but there's danger and peril throughout the movie. Characters die via gunshot wounds, including some execution-style murders at close range. Violence also includes hand-to-hand combat, vehicle crashes, and a gas unleashed on the population that erases peoples' memories.
Sex/Nudity: Several kisses, a few of them passionate. Brief, non-sexual shower scenes show silhouettes of Tris' back and then her whole figure, as well as Four's bare chest and back.
Profanity: A few uses of "s--t" and "ass," along with insults like "damaged," "ass kisser" and "stiff."
Drugs/Alcohol: None.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at jboursaw@charter.net. Images in this review used courtesy of the studio and distributor.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS: MARCH 25, 2016 - BATMAN V SUPERMAN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 & MORE

New movies this week include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and more. Let's take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality | In Theaters 3/25 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

This long-awaited superhero movie pits Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante (Batman/Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck) against Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior (Superman/Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill). Meanwhile, the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs, just as a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in grave danger. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel.” They're joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa also makes an appearance as Aquaman.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material | In Theaters 3/25 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This follow-up to 2002's breakout comedy continues the story of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett). After spending most of their time focused on their teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also dealing with yet another Greek wedding - this time, even bigger and fatter! Written by Nia Vardalos, this movie also stars Rita Wilson, John Stamos, and Elena Kampouris.

GET A JOB
Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and language | In Theaters 3/25 (limited, On Demand) | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will Davis (Miles Teller) and Jillian Stewart (Anna Kendrick), who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends, and coworkers, they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones they don't see coming. Also stars Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston, and Marcia Gay Harden.

I SAW THE LIGHT
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity | In Theaters 3/25 (limited; expands 4/1 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Sony Pictures Classics | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
I Saw the Light chronicles the life of legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), who in his brief time on earth created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The story follows his meteoric rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, this movie is based on Colin Escott's biography and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, and Cherry Jones.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.