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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986

26 August 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...

A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.

As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »

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No Escape movie review: start the revolution without them

24 August 2015 6:17 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Enjoyably intense, if you can get past the cultural narcissism that Western corporate colonialism only matters when it impacts a nice white American family. I’m “biast” (pro): like Owen Wilson and Lake Bell

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you took No Escape for a light action movie, something like a flick in which Liam Neeson would beat up villainous cartoon foreigners in a exotic land of generous film-production tax credits, you are forgiven. It’s certainly the way the film has been marketed. Plus it stars Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, comic actors known for lighthearted snark and offhand insouciance. I figured Wilson was making a preemptive bid for aging into Gray Action Hero; it seems an unlikely move for him, but they are the new hotness, after all; see: Neeson. Or maybe Pierce Brosnan, whom we are also promised here, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Hitman: Agent 47 Pretends (Poorly) to Be an Action Movie

22 August 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“The history of man is defined by war, and war by the men who fight it.” So begins the voice-over for Hitman: Agent 47, the new film based on the Io Interactive video-game series. Then the voice helpfully adds, “What if we could create a better man? Someone did.” You could revise the thought somewhat: The history of action movies is defined by those so-called better men (and, occasionally, women). And, whether they’re of the Neesonian or Johanssonite special-set-of-skills variety or the Schwarzenegger-esque indestructible-killer-cyborg type, these superior beings are in turn defined by the mere mortals around them. Think of Sarah Connor in the Terminator films or Liam Neeson’s endless supply of victimized family members. You’re only as good as what you’re protecting or what you’re trying to destroy.Hitman: Agent 47 is the kind of movie that revels in the superior-being-ness of its characters, »

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Watch Owen Wilson As An All-Action Family Man In New Trailer & Clip For ‘No Escape’

21 August 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since the surprise success of 2009’s “Taken,” other actors of Liam Neeson’s stature have taken their stabs at action movie heroics: Kevin Costner, John Travolta and Sean Penn, to name a few. In a couple of weeks, Owen Wilson will get his shot at B-movie glory with “No Escape,” alongside Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan. A pair of new clips and posters, as well as another trailer, have been released ahead of its Labor Day weekend premiere. The film stars Wilson as an American patriarch who moves his family to Southeast Asia, only to end up in the middle of a violent coup. First up, from Collider, is a short clip showing that even though it’s been thirteen years since his last outing as James Bond, Brosnan still has his action movie chops as he tries buy some time for Wilson and Bell to flee with children in tow. »

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Maureen O'Hara and the Road to the Academy Governors Awards

20 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"This is what it's all about,” Harvey Weinstein said to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on his way out of the Governors Awards on November 9, 2014. The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career.   Martin Scorsese defined her impact: “She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant— only to remain there.” After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing "The Quiet Man," and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, »

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Pressure Review: “Diving drama that ‘sinks to the bottom'”

18 August 2015 1:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pressure review: A great concept that sadly lacks a genuine connection and would benefit immensely from more focused direction and a stronger script.

After recently enjoying the unexpectedly sturdy Black Sea, I had a lot of hope for Pressure as there have been some exciting ‘single location’ thrillers in the past few years. Frustratingly, this deep-sea diving drama sinks to the bottom both literally in its diving bell and creatively as it remarkably misses some huge potential.

Directed by Ron Scalpello, his second feature, the film focuses on four deep sea divers who get stuck 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after a storm takes out their ship. This isn’t a spoiler as it’s the opening moments of the movie and there’s not much chance to build a background for any character.

Pressure is abundant with problematic issues that range from camerawork to awkward conversation. »

- Dan Bullock

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WB Drops Another Bomb: 'U.N.C.L.E.' Flops Disastrously in North America

15 August 2015 7:31 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »

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Liam Neeson to play General Douglas MacArthur in Operation Chromite

14 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Liam Neeson is in talks to play General Douglas MacArthur in Operation Chromite, a Korean war film which is set to be directed by John H. Lee (71: Into the Fire).

The film will tell the story of the eponymous Operation Chromite, a 1950 operation which saw the United Nations launching a surprise attack against North Korea, leading to a decisive Un victory at the Battle of Inchon. The story will focus on a group of Korean soldiers taking part in the battle, and is slated for release in 2016.


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In Defense of the Neeson/Collet-Serra Duo

13 August 2015 6:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some of the best things in life come in pairs, and film is no different. No, I don’t mean sequels and/or remakes, because I think we all know how those often turn out. Instead, I mean those actors and directors who very frequently collaborate on films, so much so that it feels odd when the actor does not appear in one of the director’s films.

There have been some incredible collaborations throughout cinema history; Kurosawa Akira and Toshiro Mifune brought the samurai film to life, Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone breathed new life into the dying western in the 1960s, and Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro brought audiences some of the best films to come out of New Hollywood in the 1970s and into the 90s. And of course there are amazing collaborations in modern cinema: Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, Wes Anderson and his troupe of actors, »

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Liam Neeson May Play A Beloved Figure In American History

12 August 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Before he got caught up successfully retrieving people that had been Taken from him, Liam Neeson was a pretty credible actor. In fact, thanks to a string of sterling performances in the early and middle part of his career, he earned a number of award nominations. Now it looks as though he's going to return to more serious dramatic material, as it was revealed that he is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur.  According to Deadline, Neeson is currently in negotiations to play the beloved officer in Taewon Entertainment’s Operation Chromite. This film will be set during the Korean War and mainly focus on the 1950 Battle Of Incheon, which is regarded as a huge turning point in the conflict.  Liam Neeson hasn’t signed on the dotted line just yet, however, it’s thought that he’s »

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Liam Neeson Is Circling The Role Of General MacArthur In Operation Chromite

12 August 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Star of the Taken franchise, Liam Neeson, could be about to sign on to portray another man with a very particular skill-set – this time as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, in the upcoming movie, Operation Chromite. Set in 1950 during the Korean War, the film will centre on a group of Korean soldiers participating in MacArthur’s planned military operation, which represented a significant turning point in the conflict.

The Korean War was fought from 1950-1953, though the consequences of the clash are still playing out today. The United Nations stepped in with military force when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, and General MacArthur was tasked with leading the United Nations Command in the country, in addition to the job he was already doing – overseeing the occupation of Japan. The five-star General planned the amphibious attack – which would become known as the Battle Of Incheon, but was codenamed Operation »

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Liam Neeson In Talks To Be General Douglas MacArthur

12 August 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He’s spent a lot of time recently playing characters in the middle of the action, usually rescuing members of their family, or stopping terrorists on planes. Liam Neeson is looking to take a break from actual fighting to play a famous military type in South Korean war film Operation Chromite.Neeson is in talks to star as World War II hero and five-star general Douglas MacArthur, who led the United Nations forces during part of the Korean War. He was seen as a great commander, but removed from his position when he made statements that ran counter to the American administration’s policies. The film’s focus, however, will be the 1950 Battle of Incheon, a big turning point in the war between North and South Korea, with Un forces launching a surprise attack against the North. The war, which spanned three years in the 1950s, ended with a stalemate that persists to this day. »

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Liam Neeson Joins Korean War Film

12 August 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Liam Neeson is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee's South Korean war film "Operation Chromite" at Taewon Entertainment.

The story will deal with the Battle of Incheon, a key battle of the Korean War in 1950 in which United Nations forces launched a surprise attack against communist North Korean forces.

The film will deal with the exploits of a group of Korean soldiers taking part in the battle, but no other cast has been announced yet. Lee Man-Hee ("71: Into The Fire") penned the script and filming begins at the end of the year ahead of a mid-2016 release.

Source: Deadline »

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Liam Neeson to play U.S. war hero in Korea's 'Operation Chromite'

12 August 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Taken star Liam Neeson is set to play Us Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee’s upcoming Korean War film about the Incheon Landing Operation.

Operation Chromite will centre on eight Korean war heroes who carry out a covert operation preceding the Incheon landing which changed the tide of the Korean War, allowing South Korean and Un allied forces to retake the capital of Seoul from the invading North Korean army.

Taewon Entertainment head Jeong Tae-won told Yonhap news agency it plans to start production in late September with a budget of $12.7m (KW15bn). Neeson will travel to Korea for the shoot.

Lee is known for directing the hit tearjerker A Moment to Remember (2004) and 71 - Into the Fire (2010), a film about South Korean student soldiers during the same war, which Taewon Entertainment also produced.

The Seoul-based company has also produced films such as Return Of The Mafia, Three Kingdoms – Resurrection »

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Liam Neeson to play Us war hero in South Korean epic Operation Chromite

12 August 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As yet it is unclear whether actor will speak Korean as General MacArthur in Korean production about 1950 battle of Inchon, to begin shooting later this year

Liam Neeson is to play the famed American military leader General Douglas MacArthur in the South Korean war epic Operation Chromite, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Named after the codename for the Battle of Inchon, one of the Korean war’s earliest skirmishes, John H Lee’s film will focus on eight South Korean troopers who helped turn the tide against the communist northern forces during a covert operation that preceded the battle’s opening surprise amphibious attack on the city of Inchon. Lee will work from a screenplay by Lee Man-hee, with both film-makers best known for another war film, 2010’s well-reviewed 71: Into the Fire.

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Liam Neeson To Play General MacArthur In Korean War Pic

12 August 2015 4:37 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A Moment to Remember (2004) and 71: Into the Fire (2010) director John H. Lee is set to helm Korean War pic Operation Chromite and the first cast member to join the project is none other than Liam Neeson, who will play General MacArthur.The film, which has been greenlit with a 15 billion won ($12.73 million) budget, will focus on the Battle of Incheon, a turning point in the war. On September 15th, 1950, Un forces launched a surprise attack, landing in Incheon and driving out the North Korean forces.Taewon Entertainment, which has produced modern Korean classics such as Lee Myung-se's Nowhere to Hide (1999), confirmed the casting earlier today and revealed that the film would go into production later this year with a planned...

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Liam Neeson Joins Korea’s ‘Operation Chromite’ As General MacArthur

12 August 2015 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busan — Liam Neeson is play the role of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in “Operation Chromite” (a.k.a. “Incheon Landing Operation”), a Korean-made blockbuster set during the Korean War of the early 1950s.

The film is to be produced by South Korea’s Taewon Entertainment. It will be directed by Lee Jae-han, and scripted by Lee Man-hee, who both have war film experience with hit “71: Into the Fire”.

Although Chinese movies are increasingly incorporating Hollywood talent, it is rare in Korea. Neeson has had a career revival following box office success with “The Grey,” “Taken,” “Battleship” and “The Lego Movie.”

“Operation Chromite” focuses on the heroic Korean troopers who carried out the covert “X-ray” operation that preceded the Incheon landing operation in the Yellow Sea. The landing shifted the momentum of the Korean War.

“We plan to go into the production in late September with a »

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Liam Neeson In Talks To Play General MacArthur In Korea’s ‘Operation Chromite’

12 August 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Liam Neeson is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in South Korean war pic Operation Chromite from Taewon Entertainment. A Taewon rep confirmed the news Wednesday to Deadline. John H. Lee is on-board to direct the project, which looks at the Battle of Incheon, a major turning point in 1950 in the Korean War in which United Nations forces launched a surprise attack against communist North Korean forces. Operation Chromite was the codename for the… »

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'Star Wars,' 'True Detective' Mashup Is the Best Thing You'll See Today

11 August 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

How does one cure their "True Detective" blues? By mashing the HBO series with "Star Wars," obviously.

In honor of the recent (and underwhelming) Season 2 finale, Star Wars Minute made a "Star Wars" video in the style of Season 1's opening titles and it's kinda awesome.

The video kicks off with a washed-out shot of the Death Star trench run, as names of cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher appear. Soon, several fan-favorites appear, including a shot of the Millennium Falcon and a title card for the incomparable Liam Neeson.

Everyone from C3PO to effing Lobot (!) make an appearance. Clearly, the light the Force is winning.

This should tie you over until "The Force Awakens" hits theaters on December 18.


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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to reunite for adaptation of ‘Devil in the White City’

10 August 2015 6:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The most lucrative director/actor partnership of the last decade plus has been Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and most recently, The Wolf of Wall Street. For what will be their sixth film together, Scorsese, DiCaprio, and Paramount Pictures have closed the deal on the rights to Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.

Deadline reports that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) will adapt the screenplay about Chicago’s most violent and notorious serial killer. Set in the late 19th Century at the Chicago World’s Fair, a fair worker named Dr. H. H. Holmes, who used the fair and his charm to lure anywhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly young women, back to his “murder castle”, complete with gas chambers, dissection tables, and a crematorium. »

- Brian Welk

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