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A deluge of Dahl

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Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, is at the Boston Opera House through June 26th. The BFG, a movie based on Dahl’s 1982 novel, opens in theaters July 1st (and I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening with Horn Book alum and Dahl fan Cindy Ritter). I had a very […]

Allegiant movie review

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Last spring, the inimitable Siân reviewed Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent series. Among her observations: “Things exploded. A lot.” I doubt it will surprise anyone that in Allegiant (directed by Robert Schwentke; Summit, March 2016; PG-13), the third adaptation in the trilogy — no, wait, the first part of the two-part adaptation of […]

Goodbye, Katniss

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It’s always hard to say goodbye to a beloved series. In the case of The Hunger Games trilogy, movie adaptations have drawn out the inevitable for several more years — but now the end is truly here. In tribute (har har) to the franchise, we’ve pulled together a roundup of our Hunger Games coverage (and […]

Mockingjay, Part 2: Let’s talk about that epilogue

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It’s never fun to listen to someone talk about all of the ways in which a movie was not like the book. And I’m not going to do that here because that is not the point. Am I sad that the personalities and import of secondary characters were lost between Mockingjay the book and Mockingjay […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 movie review

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Given my love for The Hunger Games books and appreciation for the previous movie adaptations, I had high hopes for the final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Lionsgate, November 2015; PG-13 — see the Mockingjay, Part 1 review here). Sad to say, I was disappointed. Obviously, spoilers ahead for both movie and novel. […]

“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”

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There’s a lot of me in this week o’ Hunger Games on Out of the Box. That is likely because I am a giant fan girl. And probably because I have more time on my hands than fellow fangirls Katie and Shoshana. But also because I was lucky enough to go to “The Hunger Games: […]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie review

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Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox, September 2015; PG-13) reminded me of two very important Siân facts: I should never, ever drink anything before or during a movie. I am no hero. If you’re looking to take a road trip in which you do not stop every 45 minutes for pee breaks, […]

Paper Towns movie review

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If Paper Towns, the book by John Green (Dutton, October 2008) were a comedy, it would be Paper Towns, the movie (directed by Jake Schreier; Fox/Temple Hill, July 2015; PG-13). That’s not to say the novel lacks funny moments. It has plenty, and the new film makes good use of them. There are pranks and […]

Insurgent movie review

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Not having read the Divergent series, I thought myself a great choice of reviewer for the movies — I am a clean slate, after all. And Divergent was fun. It had action, sacrifice, kickassery, feminine heroism, and Rose from Titanic. It had fighting and loving and tattoos and whooping and a very attractive, brooding male. […]

Home movie review

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The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a novel about a girl, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, who befriends hapless alien J.Lo after J.Lo’s alien race, the Boov, take over Earth and kidnap Tip’s mother. Its target audience is at least upper elementary school; The Horn Book put it at grades 4-6. In the 3D […]