The Divergent Series moves forwards with another tween-friendly glimpse of a dystopian future. Now facing the implications of the previous instalment, Shailene Woodley and Theo James’ characters must venture beyond the harsh order of their world. Whilst their biggest fear was previously being labelled for life, now the stakes are placed terrifyingly high. The very survival of the human race is perhaps at stake, so our plucky protagonists better know where they stand on issues of courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Fri 18 March
Unlike producer JJ Abrams’ recent (and heavily promoted) space-wizard extravaganza, this sci-fi thriller has made a surprise entry onto the release sheet. A young woman wakes up in an underground cellar after a car accident, seemingly imprisoned by an unhinged survivalist. He’s adamant the outside world is now uninhabitable, but escape is clearly on her mind. A directorial debut for Dan Trachtenberg, and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr, it serves as a long-awaited “blood relative” of Abrams’ 2008 monster epic ‘Cloverfield’. There are some very big shoes to fill here, but we know it’ll make the grade.
JG Ballard’s biting take on relationships inside an isolated community has finally made a move to the big screen. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans lead a tremendous cast through this claustrophobic and startling tale. Whilst it offers all the conveniences modern life has to offer, class injustices abound amongst the many levels of a luxury skyscraper. Minor power failures and petty disputes escalate into an orgy of violence. Brutal tribes begin to form, as skirmishes rapidly spread throughout their entire building. Ballard’s message points at how accelerating modernity impacts our human existence.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Fri 25 March
What kind of hero does the world really need? With little sense of irony, Batman decides Superman needs to wind in his behaviour. As Detective Comics’ greatest stars are squabbling, Lex Luthor unleashes a new threat to our existence. Can these two warring heroes work together, or will Wonder Woman have to save Metropolis alone? Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams all don their tights, in this colossal Zack Snyder directed feature. Since Christopher Nolan rebooted the Batman series, it’s been a darker world for all costumed do-gooders. So don’t expect any shark repellent Bat-spray this time around!