Eliza Graves and Avengers: Age Of Ultron lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e April 24th 2015

Eliza GravesThis weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: horror in Eliza Graves, action aplenty in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a Maisie Williams mystery in The Falling, Reese Witherspoon drama in The Good Lie, and a drama about the Turkish view of the Armenian Genocide in The Cut.

Eliza Graves (known in the US as Stonehearst Asylum) tells the tale of a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues – though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

It stars Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Caine, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Sinéad Cusack, but didn’t particularly win me over from the trailer.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Avengers Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012’s Avengers Assemble, often referred to as Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, just in case anyone might confuse them with the camp performances from Patrick Macnee and Emma Rigg from the ’60s, and now the Official Final Trailer has been released.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…

The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis, Stellan Skarsgård, Stan Lee, Don Cheadle, Thomas Kretschmann and Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk!

I went to see this at the midnight premiere and you can read my review here.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: (read my review!)

The Falling

It’s 1969 at a strict English girls’ school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Maisie Williams (Cyberbully, Game Of Thrones) leads the cast and looks captivating in this drama which also stars Maxine Peake, Greta Scacchi and Monica Dolan (W1A, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa)

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Good Lie places Reese Witherspoon in the role of Carrie, an employment agency counselor who gives Sudanese refugees the chance to resettle in Kansas USA.

Also starring Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal, unfortunately, the trailer quickly descends into syrupy sweet life-afirming rubbish and makes you want to avoid the full film.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Cut

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Starring Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian and Makram Khoury, this is one quest I shall not be taking on, as it looks tedious as hell.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!