The Maze Runner, ’71, Effie Gray: this week’s cinema releases reviewed

Teens try to escape a dystopian prison, Jack O'Connell is a solider on the run in Belfast, and Dakota Fanning plays a Victorian teen bride

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THE MAZE RUNNER ★★★★

Dystopian teen thriller with Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster among the wild boys trying to escape from a sinister – and deadly – prison.

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’71 ★★★★

Jack O’Connell gives an outstanding performance in this tense thriller set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. He plays a British soldier separated from his unit, who comes under fire from both sides.


EFFIE GRAY ★★★★

Emma Thompson writes and stars in this intelligent and moving period drama. It’s the true story of Euphemia “Effie” Gray (Dakota Fanning) who marries eminent Victorian art critic John Ruskin when just a teenager.


THE REWRITE ★★

What do you think might happen when hasbeen screenwriter-turned-teacher Hugh Grant and his sparky single mum student Marisa Tomei clash in the classroom? It’s a formulaic but fun romcom, and the two leads share some great chemistry.


ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY ★★

A family is cursed with rotten luck for 24 hours thanks to their 12-year-old son, in a jolly live action Disney movie in the vein of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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FILMED IN SUPERMARIONATION ★★★★

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90, Fireball XL5 – the handiwork of Gerry Anderson filled TV screens in the 1960s (and beyond), and this endearing documentary reveals the people behind the puppetry. 


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:

ANNABELLE ★★

THE CALLING ★★

GIOVANNI’S ISLAND ★★

GOLD ★★

GONE TOO FAR! ★★