This Week in Movies

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.


Release date: September 19
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Jason Bateman, Tiny Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll

Based on a book by Jonathan Tropper and helmed by perennial bad-comedy director Shawn Levy, This Is Where I Leave You follows four siblings (Bateman, Fey, Driver and Stoll) as they reunite under one roof after the death of their father. It’s not to be confused with August: Osage County, which followed three siblings as they reunite under one roof after the death of their father. As the Altman family reconnects, they begin to air their dirty laundry. TIWILY co-stars Jane Fonda as the brood’s matriarch and Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Abigail Spencer and Connie Britton as past and present love interests.



Release date: September 19
Director: Scott Frank
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Ruth Wilson

Like all good Liam Neeson movies – which involve him being a retired crime fighter who returns to action in hopes of saving a kidnapping victim – A Walk Among the Tombstones casts our leading man as a retired NYPD police officer named Matthew Scudder, who now does “favors” for people as an unlicensed private investigator. When he’s hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) to rescue his kidnapped wife, Matthew finds himself fighting a group more evil than he could have ever imagined. Tombstones is based on one of 17 novels starring the Scudder character, which were written by author Lawrence Block over the course of 35 years.



Release date: September 19
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez

Film nerds love to make Kevin Smith out to be some sort of demigod. Sure, he helped revolutionize indie filmmaking and is one of the most honest directors in Hollywood, but the fact is he hasn’t made a truly great film in more than 15 years. Chasing Amy marked the peak of his career, while sequels like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II pandered to his cult fans, and Cop Out signaled absolute rock bottom. That said, Smith may be on the brink of a rebirth thanks to his recent forays into the horror genre. His 2011 film Red State featured an engaging story and chilling performance by Michael Parks, while this film – Tusk – also stars Parks and casts him as mysterious Canadian seaman who kidnaps a podcast host (Long) in hopes of turning him into a walrus.



Release date: September 19
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

Based on James Dashner’s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name, The Maze Runner takes place in a dystopian world where a young man named Thomas (O’Brien) awakens at the center of a massive maze with no memories of his past. Thomas finds himself among a community comprised entirely of young men who take daily runs through the maze in search for a way out. The twisting tunnels are a treacherous place, however, and the runners must make it back to the center before nightfall. But while the boys search for a way out, the creatures within the maze corridors soon discover a way into their sanctuary.


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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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