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DVD Picks: ‘Divergent: Allegiant’ tops list of July 12 releases

‘Divergent Series: Allegiant’

(PG-13; 120 minutes; Lionsgate): It’s the worn and weathered third installment in the four-part film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s postapocalyptic dystopian YA books.

The heroine is Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley), the plucky teen who doesn’t fit neatly into any one of the factions established to make society a seemingly utopian place. Tris not only a threat to the ruling order and the hope for humankind, she is also a magnet for Tobias “Four” Eaton, the hunky hero played by Theo James. Naomi Watts plays rebel leader Evelyn, who also happens to be Four’s mom. Jeff Daniels appears too, as head of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. “Allegiant (Part 2)” is set for release June 2017.

Contains intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity. Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Everybody Wants Some’

(R; 117 minutes; Paramount): A warm, meandering salute to South Texas small college life circa 1980, this feels like a comedy based on real life, and one of the most likable chapters in the remarkably affable directing career of Richard Linklater.

The film follows Jake (Blake Jenner), a friendly freshman pitcher new to the championship baseball team, through his first collegiate weekend after moving into a seedy frat-style house with more than a half-dozen of his long-haired teammates.

This series of party-on vignettes is not for everyone. This is all about dudes and their bros and their different-girl-every-night mind-set, with possibly one female character of passing importance. If you enjoyed the ’80s, or any college syllabus covering bars, baseball, bull sessions, sex and sleeping through morning classes, this blast from the past is essential viewing.

Contains language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

‘Miracles from Heaven’

(PG; 109 minutes; Sony): “Miracles From Heaven,” based on an amazing — and weird — true story, is centered on Christian-based faith, but it argues for the power of miracles that are more terrestrial and quotidian.

Jennifer Garner plays Christy Beam, mother to Anna (Kylie Rogers), who suffers from a debilitating, incurable disorder. One day Anna is climbing a tree when she falls, headfirst, 30 feet inside the dead tree trunk. She is stuck for hours. When firefighters pull her out, not only is she unharmed, but she’s miraculously cured.

Much of the film is centered on Christy’s tireless search for a cure for Anna. Losing her faith, questioning why such a small kid is in such pain, Christy has a hard time recognizing the small miracles that occur daily during their ordeal.

While the film runs a bit long, and the heartstrings-tugging becomes overwrought, overall, this family melodrama is surprisingly effective, even for those of little faith.

Contains thematic material, including accident and medical issues. Los Angeles Times

‘Green Room’

(R; 94 minutes; A24 films): A punk band’s dirt-broke tour lands a last-minute gig playing for skinheads at an Oregon backwoods roadhouse.

The band, a grimy group of punks (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner) from Virginia are not intimidated by the swastikas and Confederate flags at the venue. The trouble comes after the show, when the band returns to the green room to find a girl on the ground with a knife in her head. The road movie that “Green Room” started out to be veers abruptly into a siege film as the head Neo-Nazi (Patrick Stewart, using his refined cordiality for menace) sends waves of “true believers” into the roadhouse to dispatch the witnesses.

Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s latest confirms him as a rising filmmaker who can crisply craft John Carpenter-style atmosphere, mete out unnervingly merciless pain for his characters, and assemble robust, earthy thrillers with relatively meager means.

Contains strong brutal graphic violence, gory images, language and some drug content. Associated Press

Also out July 12

  • “The Dark Horse”
  • “The Dresser”
  • “Colony: Season 1”
  • “iZombie: Season 2”
  • “Slasher: Season 1”
  • “LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout”
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