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The YA Countdown: ‘The 5th Wave,’ ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay,’ a ‘Vampire Academy’ Sequel and More

the-5th-wave-nick-robinsonWith The Fault in Our Stars still holding on at the box office and The Giver and If I Stay creeping closer to their big debuts, there’s quite a bit of YA book-to-film promotional material floating around out there. That said, there are three standout news items that deserve the bulk of our attention. You can check out some links to new posters, stills and other miscellanea below, but then it’s on to the key components of this week’s edition of the YA Countdown: The 5th Wave, Vampire Academy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Quick YA News:

– New poster for The Giver.
– Suki Waterhouse shows off a cool stunt while prepping for Insurgent.
– Paramount to bring John Green’s Looking for Alaska to the big screen.
– Lots of new images from If I Stay.
– Three new images from The Giver.

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YA Movie Countdown: Why ‘The 5th Wave’ Could and Should Be the Next Big YA Movie Franchise

The_5th_Wave_CoverAs the young-adult book-to-film mill continues to churn, we pluck out a particularly promising candidate worth keeping an eye on – Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The first wave commenced when the mothership broke through the planet’s atmosphere and society went into disarray. There was martial law, incessant news coverage, and endless Internet chatter until the Others put on the finishing touch – an EMP strike knocking out all electricity, frying cars and crippling humanity.

That initial attack took out about half a million people. The second wave upped the body count big time when the Others triggered a fault line, creating a devastating tsunami. The third wave came in the form of a more intimate attack: a plague. And then, with only a fraction of the population left, the fourth wave kicked in during which the only way to survive is to trust no one.

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Review: The Kings of Summer

The-Kings-of-Summer-Poster“The Kings of Summer” boasts the innocence and carefree nature of younger years right alongside the profundity of adulthood, resulting in an experience that functions both as an entertaining romp and tender tale of growing up.

Since the passing of his mother, Joe’s (Nick Robinson) relationship with his father, Frank (Nick Offerman), has been more strained than ever, the two not being able to see eye to eye on a single thing, even a game of Monopoly. Meanwhile, Joe’s best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) has parental problems of his own, but in a much different respect. His mother and father (Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson) smother him, drowning him in juvenile affection and vegetable soup. Desperate to not become his father, Joe decides that their only shot at gaining a sense of independence and becoming the men they want to be is to get out from under their parents’ roofs and build their own. Joe, Patrick, and the school oddball, Biaggio (Moises Arias), take to the woods, find a clearing and build their very own home.

“The Kings of Summer” strikes a unique balance between coming-of-age charm, comedy, and honest drama, and it’s the constant give and take between all three that makes the film work particularly well as a whole. There are moments specifically rooted in humor and others aiming to earn weighty emotional arcs, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta always keep all three elements in play, resulting in something that’s both pleasantly enchanting and rather poignant.

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