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Film Releases: Weekly Round Up

A round up of this week’s new releases by our Editor Linda Marric

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The third and final instalment of this very popular dystopian trilogy sees it opening with a bang. An impressive action set piece which could rival any thriller worth its salt. The film is however sadly let down by a meandering screenplay which doesn’t seem to have got the memo that less is always more.

Dylan O’Brien et al are back for one last spin of the wheel and we are prepared to follow them up to a point. The narrative sadly fizzles out towards the end when the makers can’t quite decide which ending to go for so decide to use all five. Watchable nonsense, just don’t expect much more from it.

 

Last Flag Flying

The unofficial sequel to Vietnam war movie The Last Detail, Richard Linklater’s latest offering which stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, strangely doesn’t really seem like a classic Linklater movie. With a dialogue packed full of crass jokes and all male bonding sessions, the film suffers greatly of the abscence of a female element which is both believable and relatable. However, where the film is at its best is in its denouncement of all wars. A disappointing offering from a director who has proved in the past to be capable of much more.

Early Man

Glorious new Aardman production set in the prehistoric era. The film more than  delivers on its premise and offers a brilliantly aware narrative packed full of gags and innuendo.  Beautifully crafted and expertly voiced by an all star cast. Nick Park does it again.

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