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Insurgent Review


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A sharp improvement on the original, this second entry in The Divergent Series has a much stronger sense of its premise and characters, which makes it much more exciting to watch. Where Divergent felt gimmicky and a bit shallow, this chapter pushes the characters much deeper, giving the actors a chance to bring them more engagingly to life, which makes the odd set-up more involving as well.

It picks up immediately where the first film ended, with Tris (Shailene Woodley) escaping from post-apocalyptic, segmented-society Chicago with her boyfriend Four (Theo James), her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and their shifty cohort Peter (Miles Teller). Hiding out in the Amity agricultural community, they know that Erudite leader Janine (Kate Winslet) has sent her goons (Jai Courtney and Mekhi Phifer) to find them. Actually, she needs a divergent to open an artefact from the pre-war days so she can rid Chicago of pesky divergents forever. When their location is discovered, Tris and pals head back into the city, teaming up with factionless leader Joanna (Naomi Watts) and getting help from the head of Candor (Daniel Dae Kim) before going to Erudite to face Janine.

The story has a strong push to it, driving these rebels ever closer to a confrontation with their nasty nemesis, and their journey is fraught with surprise wrinkles, vicious battles and some mind-bending imagery. In fact, there are so many dreams, flashbacks and computer simulations that it's not always clear if what's on screen is actually happening or not. But it all looks so cool that we hang on to discover where it'll go next, so the two hours passes briskly, and sometimes breathlessly. The film looks terrific, as director Robert Schwentke keeps the focus on the characters while creating some amazing effects around them, especially in the simulation sequences.

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Premiere of 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' - Arrivals

Daniel Dae Kim - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the premiere of 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 16th March 2015

Video - Director Zack Snyder And Producer Deborah Snyder Arrive At The 'Man Of Steel' Premiere - Part 3


A diverse set of celebrities turned up to watch new Superman movie 'Man Of Steel' at the world premiere at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center in New York City. Among them were, of course, the man himself, Henry Cavill with his family, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producer Deborah Snyder.

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World premiere of 'Man of Steel' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center- Arrivals

Daniel Dae Kim - World premiere of 'Man of Steel' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center- Arrivals - New York , New York , United States - Monday 10th June 2013

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World premiere of 'Man of Steel'

Daniel Dae Kim - World premiere of 'Man of Steel' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center- Arrivals - NYC, NY, United States - Tuesday 11th June 2013

Man of Steel Premiere

Daniel Dae Kim - World Premiere of 'Man Of Steel' at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 10th June 2013

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Video - Katy Perry, Gerard Butler And Jon Bon Jovi Are Guests At The White House Correspondents' Dinner - Part 4


Pop superstar Katy Perry was one of the biggest international stars to hit the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in a lush green gown. Other famous faces included journalist Pierce Morgan, '300' star Gerard Butler and rocker Jon Bon Jovi with his wife Dorothea.

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Picture - Tisa Chang and Daniel Dae... , Monday 19th March 2012

Daniel Dae Kim - Tisa Chang and Daniel Dae Kim Monday 19th March 2012 'Legacy And Homecoming' Pan Asian Repertory's 35th Anniversary Gala at The Edison Ballroom

Lost: Season One Review


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Agatha Christie wrote something in excess of 80 novels. Christie was a practiced and a brilliant mystery taleteller, a commercial writer who exploited her full and total grasp of the mystery genre to massive popular success. Each plot was intricately realized, no facet of the mystery introduced that could not be resolved. Such is the enjoyment of good mysteries: a confidence that although clues and complications have confused us for now, in the end the equation will make sense. We should not know the ending, but it should not be impossible to work out. Lost, 2004's hit about a group of plane-wreck survivors milling about on a mysterious island, crashes and burns on its inability to handle the genre Christie had mastered. Not so much a whodunit as a "whatisit," Lost never seems confident that it can provide the answers to the questions it asks.

Before triangulating the discombobulating mystery that anchors Lost's first 24 episodes, it is necessary to acknowledge the brilliance of the program's premise. An aircraft traveling from Sydney to L.A. crashes, and part of the plane lands on an island somewhere in the South Pacific. Several survivors emerge from the wreckage to take pole positions as the show's cast, and slowly but surely, as some semblance of society is established, we get flashbacks into their previous mainland lives. This design leads to situations such as this: Jack (Matthew Fox) is falling for Kate (Evangeline Lilly). However, as dramatic irony would have it, the viewers know that Kate was actually a gun-wielding fugitive in her pre-island life. Watch out, Jack! This conceit of letting the audience in on the characters' secrets while they mingle obliviously with each other is Lost's greatest power. Nevertheless, creator J.J. Abrams was not content with just that.

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