Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The next installment in the James Dashner young-adult sci-fi series takes place mere minutes after the conclusion of the first movie.

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'The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials'

The next installment in the James Dashner young-adult sci-fi series takes place mere minutes after the conclusion of the first movie. The disparate group of teens has managed to escape the perils of the Maze and now faces an even more mysterious journey beyond the confines of their earlier situation. Keeping with the idea of narrative consistency, director Wes Ball (Beginners) is back at the helm, but I can’t help wondering if the creative team didn’t realize that this collection of more anonymous young faces might not be enough — which could explain the presence of Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Barry Pepper and Aidan Gillen. You certainly can’t have your audience getting lost in the mix, right? (Opens wide Friday) — tts (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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