Weekend Movie Preview: September 19, 2014

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There is no shortage of variety with this installment of the Weekend Movie Preview. Liam Neeson is back in action in A Walk Among the Tombstones, Tina Fey and Jason Bateman headline the comedy This Is Where I Leave You and The Maze Runner finally races onto the big screen.

Oh, and lest we forget -- our favorite movie of the weekend is The Guest starring Downton Abbey veteran Dan Stevens.

The Maze Runner: The blockbuster YA book finally makes it to the big screen as one of the most anticipated movies of the fall. Dylan O'Brien gives a star-making turn as Thomas, a young man who awakes in the Glades, a grassy area surrounded by a giant maze. Oh, and he's completely unaware of how he got there and has no memories of his past.  

As we stated in our The Maze Runner review, the film is a pretty good pressure cooker and leaves us wanting more in hopes that audiences turn out in droves so we'll get a second chapter. 

A Walk Among the Tombstones: Neeson is a hard-nosed former detective who gets hired by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens) to find the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife. It is also based on a novel series and is one dark and tense thriller where there are few "good" characters and a whole lot of souls living in the grey areas of life.

Check out our A Walk Among the Tombstones review for more on this next great Neeson classic.

This Is Where I Leave You: Fey and Bateman may be the leads, but the all-star cast includes an icon in Jane Fonda and a stellar up-and-comer in Adam Driver. The film chronicles what happens when a family gets together for the patriarch's funeral and long buried issues come to the forefront. 

Our This Is Where I Leave You review points out that although the cast brings their A-game, the film falters a bit from a novel that had to be downsized for the big screen. The laughs from the book make it in, but the drama does not.

The Guest: Stevens makes an announcement as a supreme talent in this dark drama that chronicles what happens when a soldier returns from war and lands on the doorstop of a family looking to pay respects to his deceased friend, who is their son and brother. 

As reported in our The Guest review, this is a mostly stylized flick where everything from the score to the action feels amped up and the entire result is completely and utterly riveting. 

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