In cinemas this week: Legend, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Visit, Irrational Man, Containment

Teens vs zombies, kids vs grandparents and Hardy vs Hardy

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LEGEND ★★★

Tom Hardy is double trouble as the Kray twins. ‘Ave some o’that! There are no special effects; Hardy just takes his glasses on and off and quickly jumps from one side of the pub to the other. Well, no, but director Brian Helgeland makes the most of a small budget and the actor’s big screen presence.

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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS ★★★

Thomas and friends return for a mad dash across a post-apocalyptic world, dodging evil scientists and zombies.  It’s not the brainiest of sci-fi blockbusters but there’s hardly any time to stop and think either. (They’re saving the egg and spoon race for part three.) On your marks, get set…


THE VISIT ★★★


M Night Shyamalan gets back to scary movie basics with a story inspired by those awful visits to your elderly relatives. But here, Grandma does a lot worse than spit on a hankie and wipe the kids’ faces. Oh, and since this is a Shyamalan film, brace yourself for a loopy final twist.


IRRATIONAL MAN ★★

From weird old people to a barmy middle-aged man – Joaquin Phoenix does Woody Allen. Yes, you guessed it: it’s the story of a neurotic clever clogs who gets his pick of women, but is too self-absorbed to ever find true happiness. Ho hum.


CONTAINMENT ★★★

Life in a Southampton tower block just got a little bit grimmer in this sci-fi thriller from first-time director Neil Mcenery-West. He – and the film – are one to watch. Unless you live in a Southampton tower block, that is.


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