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Annette Bening shines as an aging movie star with a younger lover in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool — a three-Kleenex film, according to critic Richard Crouse — opens this weekend alongside Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Hollow in the Land.

Jamie Bell and Annette Bening star in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

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Jamie Bell and Annette Bening star in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool — 4 stars

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a true-to-life story about a young man (Jamie Bell) who falls in love with an aging Hollywood star played by Annette Bening.

Bell is a sweet, sensitive and thoughtful boy-toy who sparks with Bening. He’s very good, but this is Bening’s movie.

In this three-Kleenex film, Bening is remarkable as a woman who is the keeper of a heartbreaking secret agenda and a vain person facing the abyss.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure — 1 star

In The Death Cure, Dylan O’Brien returns to The Maze Runner franchise as Thomas, a dystopian hero trying to rescue a friend and find a cure for a plague.

The Death Cure features lots of ominous music, attractive stars in motion, dusty dystopian landscapes and something gets blown up every 10 minutes or so.

What’s missing is the emotional content that might make you care about Thomas and Company.

Hollow in the Land — 2 stars

Hollow in the Land sees Glee’s Dianna Agron as a young woman with a troubled past and a missing brother.

The procedural aspects of Hollow in the Land are less interesting than the characters, which are brought to vivid, scrappy life.

Argon, best known as high school cheerleader Quinn Fabray on Glee, brings grit to her character, playing her as determined yet emotionally damaged.

*Ratings out of four stars

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