This is my weekly post focusing on new releases in the UK cinema. This week there are two main releases that will be available in all of the multiplexes. The Maze Runner finally lands in the UK after a solid run in North America. The film is directed by Wes Ball in his first big screen project. He has an extensive background in graphics / special effects so it will be interesting to see how this translates to creating a vision on screen.
The film stars Dylan O’Brien as a young man who awakes with amnesia at the centre of a mysterious maze. For those of us in the UK the film is interesting because it features Kaya Scodelario who appeared in the UK TV series Skins as Effy. The film also features Thomas Brodie-Sangster who appeared in a two-part Doctor Who episode some years back and was more recently seen in Game of Thrones.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is, Annabelle, a spin-off from the financially successful The Conjuring (2013). The horror flick focuses on the infamous doll of the same name and a couple who surprise, surprise, experience supernatural goings on.
Hugh Grant is going to be a film released this week although you wouldn’t know it given the lack of marketing. In an amazing break from tradition Hugh is going to be bumbling washed out writer in a romantic comedy. The supporting cast is interesting as it includes Allison Janney and J. K. Simmons. For the record the film is called The Rewrite.
If you happen to live close to a decent cinema (I don’t) there are two other films to highlight for you – ’71 starring Jack O’Connell as a British soldier in Northern Ireland and Effie Gray starring Dakota Fanning as the young bride of John Ruskin (Victorian art critic).