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With 'Maze Runner' director Wes Ball, the newbie boom continues
With 'Maze Runner' director Wes Ball, the newbie boom continues

Untested directors have been the trend on big Hollywood movies for a while. They offer to producers and executives the appeal of “new blood” — and, not insignificantly, the lure of budget-friendliness and/or malleability. In an era when a movie’s brand is as important a selling point as any directorial flourish, who needs an expensive filmmaker with a greater propensity for pushback when a first-timer can get results? And results are what they’ve gotten. Many of the neophytes’ movies have indeed turned into solid box-office performers. Over the weekend Wes Ball became the latest newbie to reach base. The first-time feature filmmaker guided the...

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