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FILM REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball, 2015)

The young adult science fiction/dystopian future thing is like, so hot right now, but the overabundance of films in this genre in recent years has made it difficult for many series to stand out. With the best of the bunch, The Hunger Games trilogy, coming to an end in a matter of months, there’s no short supply of franchises to take its place. The Divergent and Maze Runner trilogies both offer up their second slice of pie this year, with one book (read: two films, obviously) still to go in the years ahead. We’ll also get the first instalment of The 5th Wave next year, and who knows what’s going to happen with The Giver, which was critically panned last year, even though Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift were both in it (read: it must have been pretty damn bad considering that casting perfection). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Francis Lawrence, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_hungergames_mockingjay_jenniferlawrence_posterAs exciting as the release of a new Hunger Games instalment can be, I had some reservations about Mockingjay – Part 1. Despite being the shortest book in the trilogy (by a few pages) its filmmakers are following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and the Twilight series and splitting the final novel in two – ah, that old chestnut.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

FILM REVIEW: If I Stay

If I Stay (R. J. Cutler, 2014)

Jamie Blackley & Chloë Grace Moretz doing that teen thang ya do
Jamie Blackley & Chloë Grace Moretz doing that teen thang

Does anyone else find it disconcerting how obsessed teenagers are with tragic romances? When I was a teen I was into Sweet Valley High, The Olsen Twins, and 10 Things I Hate About You. I had a crush on Robbie from Home and Away who was pretty much the most innocent, loveliest boy of all time – although there was that one time he stepped on a syringe – panic alert! (Relax, he was fine). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: If I Stay