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Liam Neeson is a lean, mean, killing machine in Taken 3

11 hours ago

Has no one in the Taken universe learned their lesson?  You don’t miss with Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson).

The third time doesn’t seem to be the charm for Bryan who, having previously rescued both his daughter in 2008 and his wife in 2012, butchering a slew of kidnappers and thugs along the way, is once again faced with trauma.  After his wife is brutally murdered, Bryan finds himself at the centre of a police manhunt who identify him as the prime suspect in her death after the real killers, who hold a pretty big grudge, have framed our hero for her murder in Taken 3 (or Tak3n, as it were).

We have the Taken franchise to thank for cementing Neeson’s ass-kicking dark hero persona.  Sure, he fought Batman, commanded a submarine, and knew his way around a gun before Taken, but that 2008 film paved the way for the take-no-prisoners roles »

- Rachel West

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Psychedelic chaos and stoner detectives in the first trailer for Inherent Vice

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Psychedelic chaos and stoner detectives are the name of the game in the first teaser trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly anticipated, 1970-set Inherent Vice.  

Adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel and billed as part “surf noir,” Inherent Vice looks to be a much more experimental and free-flowing film compared to the director’s more recent films There Will Be Blood and The Master;  But Anderson has proved he has an eye for ensemble casts and the 1970s with his Boogie Nights.

Joaquin Phoenix is private eye Doc Sportello, whose “ex-lady” shows up out of nowhere with a tale about her billionaire boyfriend who is the target of a kidnapping plot by his wife and her boyfriend to lock him up in an asylum.  It’s a comedy, it’s a drama, it’s full of paranoia, desperation, and the absurd. 

The film has a stacked cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, »

- Rachel West

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Soundtracking: Gone Girl

29 September 2014 9:29 AM, PDT

The promotional push is on for the October 3 release of David Fincher’s latest offering Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Along with a new influx of trailers has come the slow leak of music from the film’s original score, once again provided by favoured musical collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

While another Reznor/Ross score was tied to the film all along, though, Fincher decided to pull out another musical trick for the first glimpses of the film, provided earlier this year. Mimicking a stylistic choice from his teaser for The Social Network back in 2009, the Gone Girl teaser featured clips over an eerie cover.

For the previous film, it was a children’s chorus taking on Radiohead’s “Creep." Fincher kept it atmospheric but took a more grown-up vibe on the Gone Girl teaser, choosing Psychedelic Furs front-man Richard Butler and his cover of »

- Shane McNeil

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Exclusive: See the vibrant and colourful poster for Heartbeat

29 September 2014 8:44 AM, PDT

Heartbeat is a story about self-discovery at the crossroads of life.  Justine (Tanya Davis) is stuck in a rut as a twenty-something Halifax singer-songwriter in in a perpetual cycle of disappointment.   She lives in her grandmother’s basement (and wears her granny’s old bras), can’t seem to pull the plug on her on-again-off-again relationship, and is slowly realizing that her life has come to a halt while her friends around her marry, have babies, and fully move into adulthood.

So what’s holding her up?  As Justine slowly comes to terms with an embarrassing stage fright incident, she attempts to rekindle her true passion - music.  Music is the key to opening doors to her future and possibilities with fellow musician Ruby (Stephanie Clattenberg). 

Heartbeat, directed by Andrea Dorfman, recently held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Look for our interview with star Tanya Davis »

- Rachel West

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Quiz: Mystery Movies

29 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT

What happened to Amy Dunne?

That’s the central mystery in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, opening in theatres this week.  Based on Gillian Flynn’s worldwide bestseller, the movie stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a man who on the surface seems like the perfect husband and one half of a happy union.  As investigators dig deeper into his life, marking him as the prime suspect in his wife Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance, his perfect veneer begins to crack.

The enigmatic plot twists of Flynn’s novel seem like a perfect vehicle for Fincher’s dark and moody leanings.  Co-starring Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Casey Wilson, Scoot McNairy, Patrick Fugit, and Missi PyleGone Girl is just the latest mystery to hit the big screen.

Love a good mystery?  Find out how well you know your mystery movies in our quiz now! »

- Rachel West

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Denzel Washington's The Equalizer tops weekend box office

29 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT

Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller The Equalizer to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance of a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) lures him into a battle with the Russian mafia.

The strong opening marks the third-best debut in Washington's career, trailing only 2012's Safe House ($40.1 million) and 2007's American Gangster ($43.6 million). Washington, who will turn 60 in December, has been one of Hollywood's most reliable draws without the benefit of anything like a superhero franchise.

"He's the very model of box-office consistency," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "I can't think of another star that's this consistent, that remains this rock solid over the course of three decades."

The Equalizer reteams Washington with director Antoine Fuqua, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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