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This week on the big screen, Liam Neeson plays an ex-NYPD cop with special skills, some kids try to run through a mysterious maze, Jane Fonda grounds her dysfunctional grownup kids, and Kevin Smith delivers another twisted tale. Here’s a look at what’s opening wide in theaters this week.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | In Theaters 9/18 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 17+ | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | AWalkAmongtheTombstones.net | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling mystery novels, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife, the PI learns this isn’t the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime.

Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Directed by Scott Frank, this thriller also stars Boyd Holbrook, Astro and Sebastian Roche.

THE MAZE RUNNER

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images | In Theaters 9/18 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 14+ | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | TheMazeRunnermovie.comFacebook | Twitter | Google+

When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner, this movie is directed by Wes Ball and also stars Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Aml Ameen. With the hush-hush approach to making the film, Twentieth Century Fox is following the blueprint that turned 2012’s “Chronicle” into a breakout hit.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use | In Theaters 9/18 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 17+ | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | ThisisWhereILeaveYou.com | Facebook

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, worn out by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and assorted spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Confronting their history and frayed relationships, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotional ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption. Directed by Shawn Levy, the all-star cast includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda.

TUSK

Rated R for some disturbing violence/gore, language and sexual content | In Theaters 9/18 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 17+ | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | Tuskthemovie.com | Facebook

When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend’s girlfriend to search for him. It’s another twisted tale from the mysterious mind of Kevin Smith, who also directs. Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Justin Long star.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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