Movies in McConomy

If I Stay
Friday, Nov. 21 — 8, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23 — 8 p.m.

If I Stay is a movie based on a young adult novel of the same name. It focuses on Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented teenage cellist who gets into a car accident and experiences an out-of-body sensation. She can see herself and her family lay lifeless on the ground as she wonders around the crash site while the paramedics take her to the hospital. Throughout the whole movie, she is in a coma, deciding whether or not to wake up. The suggestion of heaven is also very strong throughout this movie, with the allure of the “white light” as a constant theme. But rather than being a movie about Mia’s struggle for life and death, it turns into a straight-up Hollywood love story revolving around her rocker boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley). The movie flashes between the present and past scenes from their relationship. It’s clear that this movie did not care so much about the integrity of the book and more about just finding a way to capitalize on the success of The Fault in Our Stars.

Saturday, Nov. 22 — 8, 11 p.m.

Following with this weekend’s theme, Divergent is also based on a young adult novel, but this time of the dystopian persuasion. Divergent takes Shailene Woodley out of her Secret Life of the American Teenager obscurity and into the shoes of Tris Prior, a headstrong 16-year-old girl. In the dystopian Chicago future, there are five factions. The selfless go to Abnegation, the peaceful go to Amity, the honest go to Candor, the smart go to Erudite, and the brave go to Dauntless. On their 16th birthdays, all children go through a Choosing Ceremony where they are assigned to one faction. But the kids that are assigned to more than one are labeled as Divergents, hence the title. And guess what? Tris is a Divergent, more specifically, Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. I smell a moral a’brewin’. She can’t be put in a box, fellas. Anyway, Tris chooses her non-native faction and, throughout the movie, learns the way of her new faction, forcing her to step out of her comfort zone.