Veronica Roth’s novel of a world divided by people’s personal traits translates well to film, sparked by Shailene Woodley’s fine performance as young heroine Tris. She learns she encompasses several of the qualities, thus making her a Divergent — and a danger to her society’s rulers, or so they perceive it. Along with an enigmatic mentor (Theo James), she goes on the run. Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd also appear in the 2014 film. The sequels “Insurgent” and “Allegiant” immediately follow.
Actress turned writer and director Greta Gerwig continued her winning streak with her glowing 2019 film adaptation (the seventh, in all) of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel. As star-crossed couple Jo March and Laurie Laurence, Gerwig reunited her “Lady Bird” lovebirds Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep also star in the film, which won an Academy Award for its costume design, along with Oscar nods for best picture and Ronan and Pugh as best actress and best supporting actress.
Moviegoers were smitten by Audrey Hepburn in this 1953 romantic comedy, one of the first big-studio productions filmed on overseas locations. The actress plays a princess who bolts from the restrictions of royal life, only to run into a debonair fellow (Gregory Peck) who happens to be a reporter. The film airs here as part of TCM’s Romantic Weekend Getaway event.
Beloved middle-school teacher Kerri Fox (Laura Vandervoort) assigns a class project in which her young students get to create and run their own small business. One of the kids, precocious 13-year-old Clara (Mia Quaranta De La Rosa) decides to launch a matchmaking service, somewhat to the dismay of her newly single father, David (Nicholas Gonzalez). After a couple of successful matches, Clara decides to set her “professional” sights on her dad and her favorite teacher, who also just happens to be back on the dating market, in this 2021 romance.