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Non-Stop (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

The very first shot in Non-Stop is a close-up of Liam Neeson’s grizzled face. The scene is captured in slow-motion, as he looks down at a bottle of whiskey, contemplates, then pours its contents into his morning coffee. His creased face winces with the pungent taste of the brew, the camera lingers on his unshaven face for another second before breaking to the desolate parking lot of an International Airport. In trying to decipher why Neeson has become the Steven Seagal of the new millennium, I can see now that the appeal may be in part because the actor isn’t a superhuman do goodie, a vitamin chomping, mystical preaching martial artist. Rather, he is an alcoholic withdrawn man of regret and missed opportunity awoken by the chance to prove himself worthy for perhaps the final time in his life.
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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

The vibrant comedic zeal that seemed so effortless in Writer/Director Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, is nowhere to be found this his dreadfully dull follow-up. Jokes fall flat often but the hard-working MacFarlane keeps pumping them out, the lack of a truly manic leading man and a running time closer to Eastwood’s Unforgiven than Brooks’ Blazing Saddles are just a few of the many detriment to this flawed project.
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Podcast EP213: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 Predictions, Escape Plan Trailer, News, BoxOffice

Episode two-hundred and thirteen. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

News:
‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake in the Works
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg Team Up For Real Life Crime-Drama ‘American Desperado’
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx Reunite for ‘Mean Business On North Ganson Street’
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Gets Summer 2014 Release Date
‘Arrested Development’ Writer to Pen ‘Knight Rider’ Movie
For $20 Million, Liam Neeson Is Willing to Star in ‘Taken 3′

Box Office Delorean:
July 2000 – The Patriot vs. World House Down

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: June 28-June 30, 2013

Plus much more, tune in now!

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The Grey (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

There is a quiet nihilism in the unnerving psychological thriller The Grey. Seven surviving members of a plane crash must brave the harsh Arctic tundra and a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, in the hopes of rescue. On the surface this adventure tale is full of rugged looking actors going through an ordeal that is not uncommon to similar man vs. nature/ man vs. man fictional scenarios. The difference here is that The Grey pushes viewers to ponder its themes not only in the tense moments but hours and perhaps days after they have left the theater.

Liam Neeson is Ottway a professional marksman hired by an Alaskan drilling company to protect its exposed workers from the predatory animals roaming the icy landscape. After one of the most harrowing plane crash sequences ever committed to film, Ottway awakens to find himself one of a band of survivors who must work together to outlast the unforgiving weather and territorial beasts that are stalking the group’s every move. In terms of plotting, there is very little originality. The film’s power comes from the fully realized and captivating characters that behave as real people would if caught up in this extreme situation.

The Grey is one of the most relentlessly depressing movies in recent years, but it’s not unpleasant. That may sound like a backhanded compliment and it is. In honesty the entire experience left me feeling wrung-out and depressed; yet more importantly I was far more mentally stimulated that I had expected to be. The Grey represents a huge jump in maturity and craftsmanship from director/co-writer Joe Carnahan. A filmmaker whose previous output has felt like a frenzied attempt to emulate a certain style rather than develop an original artistic voice. For 2/3 of the running-time The Grey is nearly flawless, things get a bit drawn out in the last act with a scene in particular that lands on the overly talkative side and two shots that are held well past the point of explanation. Barring these minor quibbles, The Grey is a huge step in establishing Joe Carnahan as an emerging talent that is far more skilled than previously believed.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Ridley Scott films have an amazing attention to detail. Everything from production, set and costume design to the actual cinema techniques of editing, cinematography and script are poured over with feverish devotion. Wether it be an alien vessel, a look at modern warfare or gladiatorial days in the Roman coliseum; Scott and his collaborators are masters of recreating a time period and mounting gargantuan production behind them. Kingdom of Heaven is Scott’s first return to ancient times since the OSCAR winning Gladiator, the two films couldn’t be more different. Those seeking the majestically beautiful violence of that earlier classic will be disappointed to find that Kingdom is a slow-moving, often-times ponderous affair than is more thought-provoking film. In fact other than two or three protracted battle sequences, including a doozy in the final act, there is a virtual lack of violence or action of any kind.
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Next of Kin (1989) – Review

2 Stars

Next of Kin has the feel of a forgotten Steven Seagal picture. It has all the usual motifs that accompany the WB/Seagal pairings from that era, a cop with revenge on his mind, a loner working on the force but treated as an outsider due to his beliefs, and the presence of the mafia. However, Next of Kin stars Patrick Swayze, who sports the Seagal-like ponytail, as Tucker Gates, a hill-billy turned Chicago detective. When his younger brother (Bill Paxton), is murdered, Tucker’s older brother, Briar (Liam Neeson), arrives from back home to carry out revenge Kentucky-style. Swayze is caught in the middle between upholding society’s law and siding with his family.
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Taken 2: International Trailer

International trailer for Taken 2.

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.




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Battleship (2012) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Battleship is an overlong and plodding screen adaption of the Hasbro game. That this ungainly monotonous monstrosity emerged from the hands of gifted filmmaker Peter Berg, is all the more disheartening. As the film collapses from one meaningless scene to another. All hope for even a mindlessly entertaining film are dashed. Characters constantly make illogical decisions. The acting is on the level of a CW nighttime soap opera, and the screenplay is needlessly drawn out with pointless scenes and the dumbest “meet cute” sequence in recent memory. Plot threads go nowhere, while the third act twist generated an enormous amount of (unintentional) laughter. Taylor Kitsch is Alex Hopper, a mid-20′s screw-up facing jail-time for breaking into a convenience store to obtain a burrito for Samantha (Brooklyn Decker). To avoid a prison stint Alex enlists in the Navy along side his upstanding brother, Commander Stone Hopper. All is not well however, turns out Alex and Sam (even the girls have the boy names in this adolescent male fantasy), are in love much to the chagrin of her father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). This human story is then interrupted by the appearance of an alien vessel at sea, during a military training exercise among the US and Japanese Naval Fleet.
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Podcast EP96: Non-Stop Liam Neeson, Adam Sandler Redoes Summer School, HellraiserTV

Episode ninety-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as we discuss Roland Emmerich in Talks for White House Down, Liam Neeson for Non-Stop, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison to take over Summer School remake, Hellraiser now a TV show, and Platinum Dunes takes right to next Halloween movie. TrailerAddict trailer talk for Rock of Ages and To Rome with Love. Our reviews for Wrath of the Titans, The Hunger Games, and The Three Musketeers. Plus much more movie talk, tune in now!

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Wrath of the Titans: TV Trailer

Feel the wrath. Extended TV trailer for Wrath of the Titans features unique editing and never before seen footage.




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Battleship: Trailer B

Alternate trailer to the theatrical trailer. Though nearly identical, updated trailer does contain new footage interspersed throughout and finishes with more weaponry going into action.




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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (2012) – Review

3 Stars

To 3d or not to see? That is the 12 dollar question for most casual moviegoers. The answer is …sort of. If you already harbor a disdain for this episode then no amount of visual trickery is going to change your mind. The negative critical reaction that greeted Phantom Menace when it premiered in May 1999 was as venomous as any in recent memory. Fanboys turned their back on the venerable franchise and focused their attention on the ‘fresh’ ideas presented by The Matrix.
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Live Movie Podcast EP40: Scarface Reborn, Liam Neeson Looks Grey, John Dies at the End

Our fortieth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on the next episode.

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Episode forty. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the past weekend box office of September 23-25, 2011. Moneyball, Dolphin Tale, Abduction, Killer Elite. Scarface Remake. The Grey Trailer. John Dies at the End Trailer. Random Movie News and Discussion. Audience Participation Welcomed!

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