Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of September 19th, 2014

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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.

Trailer: Youtube  Rotten Tomatoes: 63%  Metacritic: 53

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.

Trailer: YouTube  Rotten Tomatoes: 61%  Metacritic: 56

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

Trailer: YouTube  Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Metacritic: 45

TuskKevin 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

Trailer: YouTube Rotten Tomatoes: 42% Metacritic: 54

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.

4 responses »

  1. The Maze Runner seems intriguing to me as well (it’s released in Oz this weekend as well) and has been getting generally good reviews here. Might go and see it.

    I was going to make a derogatory comments about Shawn Levy but that would be hypocritical as I gave a positive review to his last film ‘The Internship’.

  2. I read the first book in the series, also titled The Maze Runner, and was underwhelmed. It seemed to want to be big and dystopian and say something about society, but nothing ever really happened until the ending made a complete left turn and didn’t make me want to read any more. But I may want to see the film

  3. Tombstones was good. It’s nothing new – the book it’s based on is 22 years old after all, but well-executed and Neeson is in top form and relishing some decent material. Also some great creepy guys.

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