This Week In Theaters - September 19, 2014

Published: Sep 18, 2014 19:31pm EDT
By Bob Phelan, Movie Critic for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:31pm EDT


'Guardians of the Galaxy' was finally dethroned after weeks of steadily diminishing returns (like every movie). The two big releases last weekend did well enough to get first and second place at the box office. Surprisingly 'No Good Deed' was at the top with $24 million while 'Dolphin Tale 2' came in behind it with $16 million despite being a family friendly film with seemingly more reach. 'The Drop' did very well for a small release coming in sixth with $4 million.

There are quite a few releases this weekend as things start to pick back up again after the post summer let down. 'The Maze Runner' tries to become the next YA novel adaptation to catapult into a successful franchise. It is quickly becoming a crowded genre, one in which it is harder and harder to stand out. Perhaps this could join the ranks of 'The Hunger Games' or 'Twilight' but I think 'Divergent' would be a more realistic goal. The reviews aren't as bad as expected for this dystopian future set film about a kid who wakes up in a huge maze with no memory who must figure out whats going on and how to escape. I wasn't very interested based on the stuff I heard out of Comic Con but the fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating has me a little intrigued.

Next up is another Liam Neeson vehicle. 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is a mystery thriller about an ex-NYPD cop who has become a private investigator who takes on a case to help a drug dealer find the people who killed his wife. Neeson has had a string of these types of movies since the success he had with 'Taken' and none of them have been up to that standard. I don't even love 'Taken', I think its overrated but still a fun action flick, but 'Taken 2', 'Unknown', 'Non-Stop', etc weren't even that. This one is getting decent reviews so maybe this is the one we've been waiting for. That would be a nice surprise.

Theres a new comedy coming out as well, from the director who brought you 'Night at the Museum', 'Date Night', and 'The Internship' comes 'This is Where I Leave You' starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Its about a Jewish family that doesn't practice their religion until their father's final wish dictates that they do for a week. Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, and Kathryn Hahn also star so the cast is good and the premise is interesting. Unfortunately the reviews haven't been great but comedy is subjective. Bateman does tend to participate in mediocre at best comedies for the most part despite being a charismatic presence on screen so my hopes aren't super high.

On the indie front we have Kevin Smith's return to directing. He hasn't made a movie since 'Red State' in 2011 after which he declared his retirement and hatred towards film critics. In the meantime he started a podcasting empire which I've enjoyed listening to for the most part. 'Smodcast' and 'Tell 'Em Steve Dave' are pretty great comedy podcasts. His return actually stems from an episode of 'Smodcast' about a guy who offers free rent in exchange for wearing a walrus outfit but the movie takes things to the extreme making it a body horror/comedy.. The film, 'Tusk',  stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osmont (yep, him), Genisis Rodriguez, and a surprise cameo from a Hollywood star. The trailer looked good and the reception from TIFF was very positive. Recent reviews haven't been as kind but I'm still excited to see it.

Lastly we have 'The Guest', a more typical horror thriller about a man who shows up at the family of a deceased soldier's house claiming to have been in the army with him. Since its a horror movie I'm guessing things don't go completely fine. Reviews are great, from the film festivals as well as the new reviews from this week. Adam Wingard directs, following up 'You're Next' from last year which was a fun horror thriller with some cool ideas. Its a busy weekend for Dan Stevens who plays the titular guest as well as being in 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'.

Best Bet: For my money I'm buying tickets to the bizarre horror movie from a director known for comedies, 'Tusk'. If you want something more mainstream it looks like you have some good choices as well.


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