Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
After escaping The Glade and the horrors of the maze that surrounded it, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of his rag-tag, youthful refugees find that the dangers they faced inside were just the beginning.
The sequel to 2014’s The Maze Runner, based on James Dashner’s series of young adult novels, ditches the titular maze, but ups the tempo of the running, as Thomas and his fellow former Gladers seek to evade the forces of the mysterious but powerful organisation known only as WCKD, as well as the vociferous, zombie-like Cranks, who have been mutated by the Flare Virus.
Gone are the enclosed spaces of the first film, replaced by post-apocalyptic vistas of ruined cities that the young runners must safely navigate in their quest for knowledge and truth.
While the level of spectacle has been increased, some of the first film’s character has been sacrificed along the way and ultimately, The Scorch Trials finds itself a victim of the law of diminishing returns.
With the fifth book in the series set for publication next year and a third film tentatively slated for a 2017 release, it seems we could be in for a lot more maze running in the future whether we like it or not.
Based on a deadly 1996 expedition to the peak of the world’s highest mountain, Everest tells the story of two amateur expeditions that are beset by storms, leading to some of the harshest conditions known to man as they struggle to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds and avert total disaster. The film has won the approval of one the real life climber’s widows, which is no small feat, and compelling performances and rich visual spectacle make it a gripping watch.
Pay the Ghost
A year after his son disappears at a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Nicholas Cage) sets about putting together the pieces of the case himself and discovers there to be chilling supernatural implications. This is a detective-horror hybrid that takes a while to get going, but once the pace picks up, it has the capacity to be really rather unsettling at times. It’s not a great film, but if you’re in the market for cheap scares, you could certainly do a lot worse.
Preview: 99 Homes
Following a merciless eviction, struggling single father, Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), is left facing the streets. He is given a unique opportunity to reclaim his house through working for the greedy and corrupt real estate shark, Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), but the only catch is he has to perform similar evictions. As Nash takes to his work, he finds himself adopting a lifestyle that is increasingly hard to escape.
Bollywatch: Katti Batti
The anti-love story follows Maddy (Imran Khan) and Payal (Kangana Ranaut) as it explores the issues faced by couples in live-in relationships. Not solely a bubbly, lovey film as the title suggests, Katti Batti promises to delve deeper and uncover the dark intensity of certain feelings in a thrilling, emotional journey.