For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 19, 2014

The six movies opening in the Salt Lake area this weekend are a disparate group, including yet another teens-in-peril-in-a-bleak-future yarn, yet another dysfunctional-family comedy, yet another Liam Neeson thriller, and three "art" films, if that label is loosely applied, at least in one case.

"The Maze Runner" (PG-13) is a dystopian action-thriller with teens, as if we haven't had enough of those lately. This one, based on a novel by Utah author James Dashner, has a group of boys playing "Lord of the Flies" in a mysterious glen surrounded by a giant cement maze. Then a girl arrives and things change. And there be monsters.

"This is Where I Leave You" (R) is the first Oscar-bait picture of the fall season, a dark comedy with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman among the dysfunctional siblings who gather when their father dies, only to find that their mother (Jane Fonda) wants everyone to stay for a week.

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" (R). The latest Liam Neeson thriller is about a disgraced cop-turned-private eye hired by a drug kingpin to track down the guys that kidnapped and killed his wife. Of course things are never as they seem.

"My Old Lady" (PG-13). A middle-aged New Yorker (Kevin Kline) hopes his bad luck has changed when he inherits a Paris apartment. But he finds that it comes with a tenant (Maggie Smith) and her daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas), and thanks to an ancient French law, he can't evict her. This comedy-drama marks the writing-directing debut of playwright Israel Horovitz.

"Tusk" (R) is a horror-comedy by Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Dogma") about a popular podcaster (Justin Long) who is taken hostage by an interview subject (Michael Parks) that wants to turn him into a walrus. Would I lie to you? The podcaster's pals (Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez) team up with a quirky cop (Johnny Depp) to find him.

"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" (R) is actually three movies set during the same time period but from different points of view as they explore a marriage that is fractured after a tragedy. But this release is a combined version of the first two films, with all three promised to play separately down the road on the art-house circuit. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert and Viola Davis star.

The three latter titles are playing at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City but only "Eleanor Rigby" is playing there exclusively.