STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media
Are you tired of the ponderous “Divergent” series yet? You will be after watching “Allegiant,” the penultimate chapter set after the fall of the evil Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the ascendance of a pair of new, could-be baddies (Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels).
It’s pretty much the same tired old routine, with Tris (Shailene Woodley) and company (Theo James, Miles Teller) scaling the big wall, shooting futuristic guns, piloting hovercrafts and wondering who among them can be trusted. The lone bright spot is Downington’s Miles Teller, who once again shows off his gift for turning shadiness into light comedy. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
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The Mermaid: China’s highest grossing movie of all time is a humdinger of a fantasy that doubles as both an opposites-attracting rom-com and a potent ecological fable. A charming Jelly Lin stars as the title character, a clumsy mermaid tasked with convincing a greedy developer (Deng Choo) to drop an environment-destroying project. Of course, the pair falls in love. It might sound clichéd but director Stephen Chow (“Kung Fu Hustle”) knows how to click the puzzle pieces in place with enchanting flair. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
5 Must-See Films Of Summer: IndiePix Unlimited is offering an antidote to the season’s blockbusters with a quintet of little-seen releases, including the digital-only “Mouton,” a French slice of life drama with a twist of magical realism. The other titles in the package include “Crumbs,” “The Winter,” “Samson & Delilah” and “We Live in Public.” On IndixPix.
Dream/Killer: More than a decade ago, Columbia, Mo., teenager Ryan Ferguson was wrongly accused of the murder of a journalist despite the fact that prosecutors didn’t have a single shred of physical evidence. In this riveting documentary, largely told from the perspective of Ryan’s devoted father, every twist and turn of the case is chronicled. Fast-paced and sharply edited, “Dream/Killer” is sure to mesmerize fans of true-crime docs. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru: Each year, over 2,500 people converge on Boca Raton, Florida, to spend six days with the life and business strategist Tony Robbins for his mammoth seminar “Date With Destiny.” For this Netfix doc, Robbins granted remarkable access to director Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost”). The result is a movie that pulls back the curtain on Robbins and the inner-workings of his empire. On Netflix.
For The Kids
Only Yesterday: “Star Wars’” Daisy Ridley lends her voice to this cartoon classic from the acclaimed Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away”). Ridley stars as 27-year-old Taeko who decides to visit her relatives in the country. As she travels, she flashes back to memories of her youth. Dev Patel co-stars as a farmer to whom Daisy takes a shine. Expect a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and emotion. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Tom and Jerry: Back To Oz: In this new animated feature film, Tom and Jerry return with Dorothy to Oz where they hope to stop a villain called the Gnome King from getting a hold of the magical red slippers. The fast-paced adventure includes visits from Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Dear Eleanor: For his second film as director, “Entourage’s” Kevin Connolly unleashes an uneven but ultimately sweet-natured coming-of-age dramedy about two teenagers (Liana Liberato, Isabelle Fuhrman) traveling cross country to pay a visit to Eleanor Roosevelt. As they try to stay one step ahead of their parents (Luke Wilson), the girls encounter a number of fellow outcasts, including a fugitive (Josh Lucas) and a dancer (Jessica Alba). Alba’s subplot doesn’t make much sense but “Dear Eleanor” still manages to be lively and involving. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
iZombie: The Complete Second Season: Looking for some quirky brain food? Check out this fun series from the creators of “Veronica Mars” and DC Entertainment. Rose McIver stars as Liv Moore, a former doctor-in-training who becomes a crime-fighting sleuth after being turned into a zombie and landing a job at the morgue. During the second season, Liv rekindles an old romance with a zombie-hunter (Robert Buckley) and assists her boss (Rahul Kohi) as he struggles to find a zombie cure. Devour all 19 episodes now. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Bitten: The Final Season: This Canadian werewolf series, which aired on SyFy, concluded this year with some particularly hairy episodes. Most of the show’s appeal stems from star Laura, Vandervoort, who plays Elena Michaels, the last female werewolf. In the final season, Elena has to deal with the darkness in herself even as she finds herself clashing with Jeremy (Greg Bryk ), her Pack’s Alpha. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.