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No one expected much from this weekend's new thriller "3 Days to Kill." With "The Lego Movie" still unstoppable and last week's "About Last Night" and "RoboCop" still going strong, "3 Days" was expected to battle fellow newcomer "Pompeii" for fifth place -- and lose. For the spy tale, starring the 59-year-old Kevin Costner in the sort of role that he'd have had a much easier time selling 15 or 20 years ago, pundits predicted a debut as low as $8 million.
As it turns out, however, the movie opened in second place, above "Pompeii," with an estimated $12.3 million. Considering the movie's low-by-Hollywood-standards budget (a reported $28 million), "3 Days" is well on its way toward becoming a modest hit. (No doubt it will do even better overseas.)
Between "3 Days" and the six-week-old "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (which has earned $123.9 million worldwide), Costner has two movies in the current top 20. And that's just the beginning of what »
- Gary Susman
Review Ryan Lambie 10 Feb 2014 - 06:10
One of the most oft-filmed cities on the planet, New York takes on a renewed sense of the exotic in Luc Besson's 1994 action drama, Leon: The Professional. Accompanied by Eric Serra's imaginative score, Leon's opening shots of Manhattan in the summer - a disembodied camera floating over the Hudson and Central Park - make the place look almost otherworldly.
This is entirely in keeping with the title character Leon (Jean Reno), a childlike foreigner who moves from apartment to apartment like a ghost, seemingly unnoticed among the city's bustle and thrum. An Italian migrant, Leon works as a contract killer for Danny Aiello's mafia boss Tony, who runs his operation from a restaurant in Little Italy. A solitary figure, Leon's »
Leon: The Professional, 1994.
Directed by Luc Besson.
Leon (Jean Reno) is a solitary assassin living under the employ of Italian gangster Tony (Danny Aiello). After hideously corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) slaughters a mostly innocent family on his floor, he's forced to take in twelve-year-old girl Mathilda (Natalie Portman). The unlikely duo begin to bond and grow, as Mathilda asks Leon to train her in the art of assassination, so that she can claim revenge for the death of year 4-year-old brother.
Leon is a fantastic piece of cinema that simply doesn't get enough acclaim or recognition. This could be due to the sheer quality of films that were released in 1994, that simply overshadowed the more unknown Leon: The Professional. To name a few, 1994 spawned such milestones as; Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and The Lion King. Although »
Nick Hornby is one of England’s sharpest satirists and his stories of lovelorn men obsessed with sports, status and rock music have made for terrific film adaptations (Fever Pitch, About a Boy, High Fidelity). The movies made from his novels have a terrific mixture of edge and sweetness and his 2005 novel A Long Way Down continues this balance of darkness and light. It is a bleak comedy about four people who attempt suicide on New Year’s Eve on the same roof, but after meeting, decide to stay alive until Valentine’s Day and make a pact to become friends instead.
For those who don’t know, an adaptation of A Long Way Down is heading to cinemas this spring. The suicidal cast of characters includes a TV personality who has fallen from grace (Pierce Brosnan), a failed rocker and pizza boy (Aaron Paul), a single mother of a »
- Jordan Adler
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