In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Maze Runner,' 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' and More

'The Maze Runner'

And see what THR's critics are saying about the star-studded dramedy 'This Is Where I Leave You' and Kevin Smith's horror-comedy 'Tusk'

This weekend is all about mazes, family dysfunction and one badass private investigator, as The Maze Runner, This Is Where I Leave You and A Walk Among the Tombstones hit theaters. 

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

The Maze Runner

In director Wes Ball's adaptation of the popular YA novel, a group of boys try to escape from a mysterious maze. Dylan O’BrienKaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson star. The film's "recurrent sense of familiarity rather than any distinct originality … makes the film consistently engaging, although never outright challenging," writes THR film critic Justin Lowe. Read his full review here.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens and David Harbour star in director Scott Frank's crime thriller about a private investigator who helps a drug dealer discover who killed his wife. The film "is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson" but "less impressive in terms of plotting and characterizations," writers THR film critic Frank Scheck in his review.

This Is Where I Leave You

Director Shawn Levy assembled a star-studded cast — Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll and Kathryn Hahn, among many others — for this adaptation of the best-selling novel about a dysfunctional family that gathers after the patriarch dies. "You laugh in spite of yourself," as the film "[strikes] a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings," writes THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy. Read his full review here.

Tusk

A maniac turns his victims into walruses in director Kevin Smith's horror-comedy, starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp. The "deeply weird" and "often funny film will please the director's devoted fan base and win over some schlock-horror lovers," according to THR film critic John DeFore's review.

Tracks

Director John Curran's adventure drama stars Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Rainer Bock and Lily Pearl in the story of a woman who treks through the deserts of Australia. Per THR film critic David Rooney's review, this "visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures" is "fueled by unerring work from Mia Wasikowska."

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam (Brazil) directs Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges and Tilda Swinton in this story about a computer hacker who struggles to explain the human experience. THR film critic Deborah Young writes in her review that the film is a "facetiously wacky tale" that "doesn’t really add up to much."

Hector and the Search for Happiness

A psychiatrist goes on a worldwide search for happiness in director Peter Chelsom's dramedy. Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Toni Collette star. "The film manages, impressively, to be both crushingly banal and offensive in its use of cultural stereotypes," opines THR critic Leslie Felperin in her review

The Guest

Adam Wingard directed this thriller about a mysterious soldier who moves into the family home of his late friend. Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe and Brendan Meyer star. The film lacks "expert timing and clever setups," and the "results turn out to be somewhat mixed," writes Lowe in his review.

20,000 Days on Earth

Rock star and writer Nick Cave celebrates his 20,000 days on the titular planet in co-directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's documentary. "This won’t be for everyone, but longtime Cave-men (and women) will be bewitched, along with a fair share of folks drawn in simply by the film's unique investigation into the mind of an artist," writes Rooney. Read his full review here. 

The Scribbler

Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon and Sasha Grey star in director John Suits' thriller about a woman who uses an experimental treatment to deal with her multiple personalities. Scheck opines in his review that the film is "ultimately far too muddled" but "does manage the dubious feat of being one of the strangest films you’re likely to see this year."

Stop the Pounding Heart

The drama focuses on a home-schooled girl who meets a bull rider. Sara Carlson, Colby TrichellLeeanne Carlson and Tim Carlson star in the drama from director Roberto Minervini. In his review, Rooney calls this a "modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect."

Swim Little Fish Swim

Dustin Guy Defa, Lola Bessis and Brooke Bloom star in co-directors Bessis and Ruben Amar's drama about an artist moving in with an NYC couple. "This low-key indie drama has enough well observed, insightful moments to compensate for its occasional lapses into forced quirkiness," writes Scheck. Read his full review here.

Pump

Jason Bateman narrates this documentary from co-directors Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell about ending America's dependence on oil. The film is "insightful and lucid" but "intermittently lapses into dry chronology," according to THR film critic Sheri Linden's review.

Keep on Keepin' On

Jazz legend Clark Terry's mentorship of 23-year-old blind pianist Justin Kauflin is the focus of this documentary from director Alan Hicks. Rooney's review calls the film "both tender and joyous."

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