A Walk Among the Tombstones: Liam Neeson stars as a former NYPD officer turned unlicensed private detective on the hunt of a brutal kidnapping ring. Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout, Get Shorty) writes and directs.
The throwback nature of this makes me a little nostalgic. It’s the type of wannabe-prestige/early Fall thriller that was commonplace throughout the 90’s and very early 00’s. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside.
Personal interest factor: 8
The Maze Runner: A group of young men find themselves trapped in a massive, elaborate maze. Directorial debut of visual effects artist Wes Ball.
This one is a bit of surprise, in that the trailer is fairly intriguing and reviews are unexpectedly solid for this type of thing. Certainly seems to be a cut above the standard, aspiring YA franchise.
Personal interest factor: 6
This is Where I Leave You: Generic studio filmmaker Shawn Levy (The Internship, Night at the Museum, Real Steel) attempts to make a transition into more indie-esque filmmaking with this with this dramedy about a family (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Cory Stoll, Kathryn Hahn) dealing with the death of their father.
This cast seems like it could be magical…in a different movie with a different director.
Personal interest factor: 2
Tusk: Kevin Smith’s foray into the torture porn genre stars Justin Long as a podcaster who is abducted and surgically transformed into a walrus by a maniac (Michael Parks). Johnny Depp co-stars.
Personal interest factor: 0
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Friday and Saturday evening and Laura (1944) Saturday and Sunday morning.