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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 SkarsgĂ„rd, 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

    4915 E. Ray Road Ahwatukee, AZ 85044
    602-956-4AMC
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 10:00 AM, 12:20 PM, 2:40 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:25 PM, 9:50 PM
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    AMC Arrowhead 14

    7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale, AZ 85308
    602-956-4AMC
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    AMC Deer Valley 30

    3033 W. Agua Fria Freeway New River, AZ 85027
    623-434-0300
    CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation 11:25 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:35 PM, 7:10 PM, 9:40 PM
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    AMC Desert Ridge 18

    21001 N. Tatum Phoenix, AZ 85050
    480-606-0803
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    2515 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-667-0330
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    1647 S. Stapley Mesa, AZ 85204
    602-956-4AMC
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    AMC Westgate 20

    9400 W. Hanna Drive Glendale, AZ 85306
    888-262-4386
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    Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 with IMAX

    5000 Arizona Mills Circle Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-820-0387
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    623-412-0122
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    2980 E. Germann Road Chandler, AZ 85286
    480-963-1502
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    3159 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226
    480-732-0110
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    1620 W. Montebello Phoenix, AZ 85015
    602-222-4275
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    2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281
    480-557-0027
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    10250 W. McDowell Road Avondale, AZ 85323
    623-478-9411
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    9615 Metro Parkway W. Phoenix, AZ 85051
    602-216-6781
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    623-582-2020
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    Harkins North Valley 16

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    602-482-4083
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    480-948-6555
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    6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85207
    480-641-4603
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    1012 S. Gilbert Road Gilbert, AZ 85296
    800-326-3264
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    1850 S. White Mountain Road Show Low, AZ 85901
    928-367-7469
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