November 20, 2017

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Get Squiggly with It: “The BFG” Movie Review

Direct from Cannes, our in-house film reviewer, Kent Turner, sizes up Steven Spielberg’s latest, based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 novel of the same name.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

Flame Out | “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2” Movie Review

Katniss Everdeen brandishes her lethal bow and makes her final bow in the film finale of Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy.

Heartbreak 101 | “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Movie Review

Author Jesse Andrews judiciously prunes and adds some quirk to the smirk in his screen adaptation of his 2012 debut novel. The result is an amicable, lively enhancement of his book, which in numerous ways it surpasses.

The Fast and the Feisty | “Insurgent” Film Review

After the heavy plot lifting in the first film based on Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy (HarperCollins) viewers are in for a smoother ride in the adaptation of her second installment, Insurgent. It speeds past intricate intrigues and sketchy characterizations, moving like a sleek roller coaster ride, free from clunky exposition.

Paddington Finds a Home on the Big Screen | Movie Review

Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that this frisky and good-natured take on Michael Bond’s beloved bear was produced by David Heyman of the “Harry Potter” film series. Both adaptations plant a big wet kiss on bustling, inclusive London.

Betrayals, Battles, and Bilbo Baggins | “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Review

The final installment of Peter Jackson’s expansive (some might say bloated) adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit begins immediately right where The Desolation of Smaug left off, leaving those coming in cold to fumble in the dark.

‘Katniss and Mouse’ Game in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1’| Film Review

The hit “Hunger Games” film series has become more assured in its latest installment, with Katniss Everdeen returning as a teen embracing the role of rebel leader and engaging in a lethal game of “Katniss and Mouse” with President Rose.

‘If I Stay’ Needs a Pulse | Film Review

The screen adaptation of Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay,’ which hit screens on August 22, is a watered-down version of the hit YA book. The characters on film lack the focus and edge of the book’s incarnations.

Break Out Your Hankies: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ | Film Review

SLJ reviews John Green’s page-to-screen hit adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, which opens June 6.

Film Review: The Nonstop Action of ‘Divergent’ Dominates

Veronica Roth’s film adaptation of her dystopian YA novel Divergent is an action-packed narrative with a brave, young heroine and handsome love interest that diverges enough from The Hunger Games with some familiar overlap.

Into the Dragon’s Lair | SLJ Reviews ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

Multiple beheadings, one impaling, and an omnipresent necromancer—these are just three indications that director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 adventure/fantasy The Hobbit has taken a dark turn. The short novel has been expanded into what might amount to a nearly nine-hour-long trilogy—turning what seems a fireside yarn in print into an overlong saga on the screen.