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The Giver

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The Giver
  • Genre: Drama, SciFi/Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2014-08-15 Nationwide
  • Running Time: 91 min.
  • Director: Phillip Noyce
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay, Taylor Swift
  • Writers: Lois Lowry, Vadim Perelman
  • Distributor: The Weinstein Company
  • Official Site: The Giver Official Site

The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles. (Original author Lois Lowry published her novel in 1993, which makes it officially the cool aunt of Katniss and the kids.) The story picks up several generations after humanity has done something so awful that our descendants have wiped it from memory. They've forcibly forgotten a lot of other things, too: how to kiss, how to clap, and how to lie. To keep the peace, everyone's mood is medicated in the morning. There's no fear, no hate, no envy, no violence, and no risk. In short, it's a helicopter parent's utopia.

Teenagers, of course, would hate it if they were missing out on dancing and lust. But only one, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), is learning what they've lost. He's been appointed the Keeper of Memories -- the sage who uses the mistakes of the past to advise the leaders of the present -- and his trainer, the out-going Keeper (Jeff Bridges), is charged with filling him in on what mankind has lost: crowd-surfing and Tiananmen Square and polar bears. Director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) leans heavily on montages that cut to Jonas startled and heavy with the weight of what he's just learned, and as he furtively cuts back on his meds, the film slowly saturates from black-and-white to pale pastels to the full, rich rainbow of life, including the auburn hair that graces the childhood friend (Odeya Rush) he now realizes he loves. Teens and preteens who choose to buy tickets to this imperfect but straightforward charmer could choose much, much worse.

Amy Nicholson
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  • AMC Ahwatukee 24

    AMC Ahwatukee 24

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 12:00 PM, 2:25 PM, 4:50 PM, 7:15 PM, 9:40 PM
  • AMC Desert Ridge 18

    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:40 AM, 5:00 PM, 7:25 PM, 10:10 PM
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  • AMC Mesa Grand 24

    AMC Mesa Grand 24

    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 2:05 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:20 PM
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  • AMC Westgate 20

    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 12:50 PM, 3:15 PM, 5:50 PM, 8:35 PM
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  • Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12

    2980 E. Germann Road Chandler, AZ 85286
    480-963-1502
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 9:50 AM, 1:10 PM, 2:05 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:10 PM, 10:20 PM
  • Harkins Christown 14

    1620 W. Montebello Phoenix, AZ 85015
    602-222-4275
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:30 AM, 1:20 PM, 4:00 PM
  • Harkins Norterra 14

    2550 W. Happy Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85085
    623-582-2020
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:50 PM, 6:10 PM, 8:40 PM
  • Harkins North Valley 16

    Harkins North Valley 16

    3420 E. Bell Road Phoenix, AZ 85032
    602-482-4083
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 1:30 PM, 6:05 PM
  • Harkins SanTan Village 16 Theaters

    2298 E. Williams Field Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    480-821-3198
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption 10:45 AM
  • Harkins Superstition Springs Luxury 25

    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
    480-641-4603
    AD-Audio Description;CC-Closed Caption (10:05 AM), (12:35 PM), (3:35 PM)
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