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Liam Neeson is a lean, mean, killing machine in Taken 3
11 hours ago
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
Psychedelic chaos and stoner detectives in the first trailer for Inherent Vice
14 hours ago
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
Soundtracking: Gone Girl
29 September 2014 9:29 AM, PDT
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
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).
- Rachel West
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 Pyle, Gone 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
Denzel Washington's The Equalizer tops weekend box office
29 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT
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."
- Cineplex.com and contributors