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Insurgent: a movie review

Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior breaks through a glass box, in a scene with Kate Winslet, who plays Jeanine Matthews, in the new Summit Entertainment production, The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Credit: Summit Entertainment)Insurgent is the second movie in the Divergent trilogy based on the books of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic society that has been founded on the principle that, to avoid conflict, its citizens will live and work in one of five factions. A person's faction is decided by the aspect of their nature that is most prominent. Abnegation is for the selfless, Dauntless for the brave, Erudite for the intelligent, Amity for the peaceful, and Candor for the honest.

While most clearly fit into one group, there are some that are capable in a number of areas. These uniquely gifted individuals are called divergents and they are often feared and shunned by the other classes because they don't fit into the system. The film's protagonist, Tris Prior, is one such person. The series centers on her struggles in understanding her place in society.

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'Four Blood Moons: something is about to change'

Four Blood Moons The Movie - Trailer (Credit: John Hagee Ministries)"The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes." (Joel 3:4)

In the late 15th century, Catholic Spain made its best effort to violently expel all Jews from its land during the inquisition.  Many fled to the new world known as America in the wake of Christopher Columbus (1492-93).  In 1948, Israel officially became a nation once again, and President Harry Truman led the United States to be Israel's first supporter.  The Six-Day War in 1967 marked a significant victory for the nation of Israel, giving them control of Jerusalem.

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Cinderella: a movie review

Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as Prince 'Kit' Charming dance together in the ballroom scene in the new Walt Disney's remake of their 1950 animated musical classic movie, Cinderella (Credit: Walt Disney Studios) In the latest rendition of the classic story, director Kenneth Branagh brings Cinderella to life in a way that is true to the well-known tale while still feeling original. The film begins with narration describing the seemingly perfect life enjoyed by a young Cinderella (Lily James) with her mother and father. However tragedy strikes when her mother becomes ill and passes away. Her last words to young Ella, Cinderella's given name, are "I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer: Have courage and be kind." That advice will define much of her life as she seeks to live it out in the midst of increasingly trying circumstances, such as her father's remarriage several years later.

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