Raleigh, N.C. — Thrillers and a comedy hit the box office this weekend.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (Suspense/Thriller/Action, R, Starring Liam Neeson, Ruth Wilson, Dan Stevens, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos)
Formerly a detective with the NYPD, now a recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the city's worst drug criminals escalates to grisly murder, the circuit's ruthless leader convinces Scudder to find the culprits and bring them to bloody justice. Working as an unlicensed private detective, Matt sees what the police don't see and treads where they most fear. Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
The Maze Runner (Action/Adventure/Thriller, PG-13, Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brody Sangster, Will Poulter)
When Thomas 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.
This Is Where I Leave You (Comedy, R, Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver)
The Altman family doesn't get along, and they haven't all been together in years. But when the patriarch dies, the whole clan is expected to fulfill his final wish and sit Shiva for him for an entire week. Now newly divorced, newly jobless Judd Altman has to travel home to face his dysfunctional family, including his hot-to-trot psychiatrist mom, his sarcastic older brother, his unhappy sister and his too-perfect younger brother in an effort to see if family bonds will prevent them from killing one another.
Here are a few other recent releases:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (Drama, R, Starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Viola Davis)
Once happily married, Conor and Eleanor suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson's latest version of their story combines his previous two films -- titled HIM and HER -- uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.
Love Is Strange (Drama, R, Starring Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Cheyenne Jackson, Charlie Tahan)
After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his longtime job and the couple can no longer afford their New York City apartment. As a temporary solution, George moves in with the two gay cops next door, while Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew Eliot, Eliot's wife, Kate, and their teenage son. As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of all involved.
Tusk (Horror, R, Starring Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Michael Parks, Ralph Garman)
A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, this film follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past-only to discover the man's dark secret involves a walrus.