Meanwhile, the Muppets are touring Europe in "Muppets Most Wanted," a gut-busting comedy that finds Kermit the Frog mistaken for his evil doppelganger and tossed into a Siberian gulag. Wall-to-wall jokes, kicky musical numbers and a boatload of celebrity cameos provide lots of laughs.
The big movie, in probable box-office terms, is "Divergent," the first chapter in author Veronica Roth's young-adult thriller series — set in a dystopian future when people are relegated to "factions" that determine their life paths. Enter Tris (Shailene Woodley), who discovers she can fit into three factions, making her "divergent," and therefore a danger to the well-ordered society. Woodley ("The Spectacular Now") is great, and Kate Winslet has fun as the baddie, but the movie is too busy setting up the franchise to work as a stand-alone film.
More on the art-house slate: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," an intimate and funny documentary about the veteran Broadway and film star; "Child's Pose," an intense but downbeat drama from Romania about a well-to-do designer (Luminita Gheorghiu) going to great lengths to get her adult son off of a vehicular homicide charge; and "Blood Ties," a cliche-heavy crime drama set in 1974 about two brothers — an ex-con (Clive Owen) and a cop (Billy Crudup).
Lastly, a few theaters have booked "God's Not Dead," a faith-centered drama about a Christian college student (Shane Harper) who must debate his atheist professor (Kevin Sorbo) about the existence of God. This movie, which also stars Dean Cain and features a cameo from "Duck Dynasty" couple Willie and Korie Robinson, was not screened for critics.