- 'THE MAZE RUNNER'
A Walk Among the Tombstones Someday, the “revenge” phase of Liam Neeson’s career will provide an amusing interlude on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio. James Lipton will ask what it was like for a pedigreed Irish actor to briefly find himself America’s favorite one-man death machine. Neeson will grin a rueful grin and explain that when the suits decree that the bereaved dad from Love Actually would make a perfect latter-day Charles Bronson, you just nod and cash the check. Then they’ll both politely change the subject. (R) – Steve Schneider
The Maze Runner In this week’s bit of YA-derived dystopia, a bunch of teen himbos with no memory struggle to escape a mysterious prison. Spotting the symbolism yet? The arrival of an actual girl changes everything, while raising my hopes that the story ultimately can be viewed as a commentary on the Duke lacrosse rape scandal. A sequel has already been ordered, because you and I don’t get to decide anything. (PG-13) – SS
This Is Where I Leave You Admit it: You’re a sucker for a story in which a wacky family has to pull together following the death of their beloved patriarch. Heck, the first episode of Six Feet Under is still your favorite hour of TV ever. Now imagine that story setup handled by the guy who made The Internship and the Night at the Museum movies. Now think of something pleasant, because you’ve earned it. (R) – SS
Tusk Kevin Smith really does not want to lose his cred as one of the patron saints of Geek New Media: Not only was the plot to Tusk hashed out on an episode of his podcast, its lead character is a podcaster himself! Justin Long plays the mouthy nerd in question, who falls prey to an old salt with a dangerous affinity for walruses. The whole concept is so meta that it could be its own panel at Comic Con. Walrus cosplay, anyone? (R) – SS