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‘Winter Soldier’ a white knuckle affair Captain America’s latest adventure is a solid addition to the series

elements of the films plot. The relationship between Rogers and Romanoff is well handled throughout the film. Some fans have expressed desire to see the two of them get together, as the trailers hint at, and the film dances around the idea rather masterfully, but chooses mostly to focus on the action. Everything after this is a tradeoff of action scenes to dialogue scenes, providing some much needed respite from the otherwise breakneck speed. In the beginning of the film, the plot appeared to revolve around the murkiness of morality that comes with national security, debating the politics of freedom versus safety, and their respective values. It looked to be a smart and difficult subject to tackle, and was an exciting prospect for a film genre that is usually written off as childish. Unfortunately, though it doesn’t make the film less enjoyable, ‘The Winter Soldier’ abandons a grey area plotline for a

Sean Hobbs Staff Writer Despite The Winter Soldier’s refusal to wrestle with the true difficulties of morality, the film is still exciting and fun, and one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting off on a high note, the film delivers a glimpse of the dayto-day life of a superhuman that not a lot of other superhero films show, in a way that perfectly illustrates Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) unique cryostasis situation. Unlike the older Spiderman films, it thankfully doesn’t lag on this aspect. The film soon drops the viewer into what is essentially a Captain America “Best of ” reel as he fights his way through a cargo ship that has been taken over by pirates. The scene is fun, exciting, and full of snappy dialogue, especially between Rogers and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). It also introduces the viewer to what will become one of the key

more black and white, good versus bad story. Having said that, the movie does an excellent job with its titular villain, the winter soldier. Though the film doesn’t focus heavily on it, his character brings up questions about what it means to be a person. In addition to supplementing the otherwise morality-free plot, the winter soldier is an action film dream; a cool-headed unstoppable force. Fans of the comics will know whom this elusive character is going into the film, but it serves as a good reveal regardless. The films’ ending sets it up perfectly for a sequel, as does one of the two—that’s right, two— afterthe-credits scenes. The other scene gives a brief glimpse towards the events of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming in 2015. Though brief, it’s jam packed with hints and new information. Overall, the film is exciting, tense, and doesn’t take itself overly seriously. While the plot ends up being thinner than expected, there is hardly a break. 4 out of 5 stars.

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“Divergent” gives insight into a corrupt society Is there a faction for people who love this book? Kaitlyn Turner Staff Writer

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“Divergent,” the first novel ever written by Veronica Roth, eclipses nearly all other teen fiction novels currently on the shelves. Roth provided a fast-paced read revolving around a strong female character that was set in a dystopian society—much like the author of the critically acclaimed series “The Hunger Games.” Beatrice Prior, the main character, lives in a futuristic Chicago, where at the age of 16, people take an aptitude test and choose a faction to live in for the rest of their lives based on what trait suits them a best. There are five factions, each of which occupy a different part of the city. These are: the Erudite,

who value knowledge, the Amity, who value peacefulness, the Candor, who value honesty, the Abnegation, who value selflessness, and the Dauntless, who value bravery. The factions were created to ‘keep the peace,’ which is a key if not contradictory factor in the events to come. When Beatrice from Abnegation, the title character, was tested to find out what faction she’d be best in, it was discovered that she was an anomaly—instead of having an aptitude for one faction, she had tested suitable for three. This anomaly is what earns Beatrice—who later switches to Dauntless and changes her name to “Tris”—the title of ‘Divergent’. Due to her Divergence, Tris

has to hide from the formerly unknown evils of her society. The city that Tris formerly thought was peaceful and perfectly functioning is filled with corrupt leaders and “accidental” deaths of other Divergents simply because they can’t be controlled with the serums the government uses against the population. Tris could be able to end the brewing conflicts that threaten to destroy her old life and everyone in it. This book is filled with insane action and heart-breaking accidents, all of which makes it difficult to put down. Not one chapter lacks excitement. I give it 5 stars. Other books in the “Divergent” series, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” are just as great, if not better, than “Divergent.” Readers can see these reviews in the future at piercepioneernews.com.

‘Bandsintown’ keeps you connected The Bandsintown Concerts app provides personalized services to optimize your concert experience Kaitlyn Turner Staff Writer The Bandsintown Concerts app is the highest rated and most downloaded live concert music listening and discovery app for Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. This free app can connect to your music library and makes sure you know when your favorite bands, DJs, and other

live music performers are coming to your area. Users can also discover new artists and touring musicians, based on musical preference and location. Some of the features that Bandsintown’s app includes are complete concert listings for every city, notifications for your favorite artists, and ticket purchasing from hundreds of sites. Users can also sync the app with their iTunes, Pandora,

Last.fm, Spotify, or other music-listening accounts to get personalized concert recommendations. Bandsintown is the perfect app for music lovers and avid concertgoers. Users can also log in with email or Facebook to share new events with friends. The Bandsintown app provides a convenient way to avoid having to track down every performer users might want to see, and to ensure one doesn’t miss out on any awesome concerts you might want to attend. Go to the Google Play store or iTunes to download and start finding concerts today.

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