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On October 10th, one of our very favorite movies of the year expands nationwide, to about 500 screens, after building considerable word-of-mouth and sterling reviews. That movie is "The Guest." And instead of being a stuffy art house movie, which follows a similar rollout (and achieves comparable buzz), "The Guest" is a down-and-dirty genre movie and probably the most fun 100 minutes you'll have in a theater all year.
The movie, from the creators of "You're Next" (writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard), stars Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey" as David, a war veteran who returns to the home of his fallen brother-in-arms. Presenting himself to the family, he says that he is there to just keep an eye on them and maybe stay until he gets back on his feet. But it turns out that David's intentions are much more malevolent, and what starts out as a tableau of suburban »
- Drew Taylor
Liam Neeson’s good performance only just elevates the general seen-it-before-ness, including a risible appropriation of women’s pain for men’s redemption. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Women’s suffering as a motivation for men to do something adventurously badass features in, oh, about one movie every week; this week’s is The Equalizer. But rarely has that connection — the abuse or murder of a woman or women kickstarting a man’s emotional and spiritual journey — been so explicit as it is in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Novelist Lawrence Block’s ex-cop private eye Matt Scudder, here in Liam Neeson (A Million Ways to Die in the West) mode, doesn’t work for drug-trafficker scum like Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens: The Guest) as a matter of principle, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Everybody says, bring back those great, gritty 70s adult thrillers. Scott Frank makes one with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones, and not enough people show up to launch it into a franchise. With $13 million in ticket sales so far, it’s $5 million short of what it is needed to trigger more films based on the Matthew Scudder character from Lawrence Block’s mystery novels. I can sit here and wonder if the results would have been better had Universal opened it after Denzel Washington’s turn in The Equalizer this Friday, when appetites will be whetted for challenging adult films and heroes without capes. Or I can point to the squeamishness of some critics who blasted Frank for faithfully adapting a novel about Scudder’s hunt for two serial killers preying on the girlfriends and daughters of drug dealers. It is hard to pretty that up, but one normally smart, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 19-21st September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!
The movies discussed are No Good Deed (Idris Elba), The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), A Walk Among the Tombstones (Liam Neeson) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…
If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.
Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…
No Good Deed centres on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Taraji P. Henson, The Karate Kid), kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Idris Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, »
- Oliver Davis
After an unsuccessful comedy (A Million Ways To Die In The West) and drama (Third Person), Liam Neeson is back in full Taken (that unexpected 2008 hit that made this greying screen vet a full-fledged action hero) mode. There’s a couple of twists for this go-around. He’s not out to rescue a loved one from kidnappers, but is hired to track down somebody that’s grabbing up victims for ransom. Now like Non-stop from early this year, he’s a haunted fella’ who’s battling the bottle (in the former flick he was still imbibing, while now he’s in full program). But he’s not on a plane or dashing around exotic locales. He’s trudging the gritty, and often soggy, mean streets of Manhattan. Interestingly he’s playing a character we’ve seen on screen before, way back in 1986 it was Jeff Bridges in 8 Million Ways To Die. »
- Jim Batts
Opening this weekend is director Scott Frank‘s crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. The film stars Liam Neeson as a troubled ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Unlike his Taken role where Neeson is nearly impossible to pin down, A Walk Among the Tombstones takes place in the real world, where the characters need to use their brains and not rely on an endless supply of bullets to get the job done. Frank has a number of great credits as a screenwriter (Minority Report, Out of Sight), and he did great work directing The Lookout. I'm happy to say I really enjoyed A Walk Among the Tombstones and definitely recommend checking it out this weekend. During my video interview with Liam Neeson »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Before sitting down to watch the new Liam Neeson movie, audiences have been prepped to see the weary-faced action star kicking ass with class, thanks to entertaining flicks like “Taken,” “Non-Stop,” and “The Grey.” But, for every “Taken” there’s a “Taken 2,” and if one year the grizzly Irishman can come out with something as forceful as “The Grey,” the following year “Battleship” can sink people’s opinions once more. It’s just not simple to put a finger on the prospects of a new Neeson film, particularly one directed by screenwriter-turned-director Scott Frank. The only previous feature Frank has directed was the overlooked and underrated “The Lookout,” and he's also got “Get Shorty” and “Out Of Sight” under his writing belt, as well as the less memorable “Flight Of The Phoenix.” With this combined pedigree from the actor and writer-director, the two dominant forces behind “A Walk Among The Tombstones, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
A Walk Among the Tombstones is not just another Taken-esque movie starring Liam Neeson, even if the marketing may suggest as much. Instead, writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout) has crafted something of an old school noir based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Block in which Neeson plays a private investigator on the trail of a pair of demented serial killers who take pleasure in kidnapping and dismembering their female victims. Whyc Because they're just body parts. Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an eight years sober ex-detective turned paid-under-the-table, private investigator. Matt has just been approached by a man (Dan Stevens) whose wife was kidnapped and killed, even though he paid the $400,000 ransom. She isn't the first woman the film's two villains (David Harbour and Adam David Thompson) have killed and she isn't likely to be the last as they prey on a specific kind of victim, one that's more likely to pay while, »
- Brad Brevet
Director: Scott Frank
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Synopsis: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife
If waiting until January 2015 for the next instalment of Liam Neeson putting the world to rights in Taken 3 seems like a wait you just can’t handle, A Walk Among The Tombstones could just be the intermediary tonic you need.
This is director Scott Frank’s second foray as the main man behind the camera following 2007’s The Lookout, his main experience lies in screenwriting. Interestingly, Frank also wrote the screenplay for A Walk Among The Tombstones, which is one possible explanation for the timer being allowed to hit the 113 minute mark when a 90 minute non-stop action thriller may have suited the storyline better.
Matt Scudder (Neeson) is an unlicensed private detective who, »
- Victoria Bull
It starts well. Liam Neeson, with facial hair, is knocking back his customary two shots and a coffee. It's morning, he's a New York cop, it's 1991, and he's sat in a bar where the light bleaches the windows. Suddenly, he's chasing down bad guys. Things happen. It's all framed really well, the film grabs your attention, and then? Afraid so. It spends the next two hours very gently letting it go.
Post-credits, the action moves forward to 1999, which director Scott Frank signifies time and time again with reference to the Y2K millennium bug. He notes it so many times you end up convinced it must be a brilliant plot device. It isn't. It's a bludgeoning reminder of the year the film is set in, that underpins the many »
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“A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which opens on Sept. 19, 2014 and is rated “R,” also stars Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Maurice Compte, Laura Birn, Adam David Thompson, Kim Rosen, Eric Nelsen, Razane Jammal and Al Nazemian from writer and director Scott Frank based on the novel by Lawrence Block. Note: As this film is rated “R,” you must be 17+ to win this Hookup.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Scott Frank wrote some of the best films of the past 20 years. His work on Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Minority Report is nothing short of fantastic. After plenty of experience as a screenwriter Frank finally got behind the camera in 2007 with The Lookout. His snowy neo-noir was a hit with critics, but didn’t perform quite as well at the box office. That’s a shame, because it’s an exceptional dramatic thriller, boasting outstanding performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, and Jeff Daniels. You also couldn’t ask for a more rewarding script: it takes its time for quiet moments, and yet moves at an exceedingly fast clip; everything set up has a satisfying payoff; and Frank’s original story plays with archetypes. The friendly cop could’ve been a bumbling moron with a gun, but when he’s in a shootout, he’s portrayed as a genuinely competent enforcer. Frank »
- Jack Giroux
Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the Pi learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.
Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), A Walk Among The Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver.
- Movie Geeks
If action cinema has taught us anything over the past few years, it’s this – don’t, under any circumstances, screw with Liam Neeson. Alas, the generic baddies at the heart of this fall’s dark crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones do exactly that and, in predictable fashion, pay for it dearly.
With Taken, its sequel, Unknown and Non-Stop under his belt, Neeson has a pretty winning formula for action fare – growl some threats, bark some commands and kick some serious ass. Whether this upcoming pic, less high-octane than high-atmosphere, will deviate from those three steps remains to be seen, but even it doesn’t, there are worse tickets to plunk down cash for than one that allows you to watch Neeson go through those same badass motions one more time.
At the least the new crop of images from A Walk Among the Tombstones reminds us that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Universal Pictures has released some new A Walk Among the Tombstones images from director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) upcoming dark crime thriller. The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. While on the surface this could be seen as another cash-in on Neeson’s “badass hunting down bad people” movie genre, I’m highly encouraged by the involvement of Frank. He penned the scripts for Out of Sight and Minority Report and I was a big fan of his previous directorial effort The Lookout, so it’s with some degree of anticipation that I’m looking forward to this one. Moreover, Stevens proves in The Guest that he’s more than capable of handling a darker role, »
- Adam Chitwood
Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, the pic stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. Pic follows Scudder as he helps a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then murdered his wife.
Written and directed by Scott Frank (“The Lookout”), the film also stars Sebastian Roche, and is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver.
The fest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, runs Sept. 25-Oct. 5.
- Leo Barraclough
This week, I’m turning my attention and the spotlight in the title of this article to one of my favorite actors working today…Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate this talented multihyphenate. The rare child actor to successfully transition into a respected adult performer, Gordon-Levitt is widely considered to be one of the best young actors that we have in the business. He’s constantly chosen interesting projects and almost never does anything you’d consider to be just a paycheck job. He’s yet to receive an Academy Award nomination, but one suspects that it’s only a matter of time in that regard. Gordon-Levitt got his start at a young age, first working in television at the tender age of just seven. He’d continue with small parts on the small screen up until he got a few tiny roles in films, »
- Joey Magidson
After commercials and guest-starring roles on Canadian TV series "Mutant X", "Prom Queen", "Goosebumps", "Twice in a Lifetime", "Doc", "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye", "Troubled Waters", "The Dresden Files" and the Disney TV movies, "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire" and "Alley Cats Strike", Vandervoort landed a lead role on the CTV series "Instant Star".
She was a regular in "Smallville" season seven, and appeared in the "Bloodline" episode for season eight, returning for another two episodes in the series' 10th and final season.
Vandervoort then co-starred in "Into the Blue 2: The Reef »
- Michael Stevens
Universal Pictures just unveiled the trailer for "A Walk Among the Tombstones," a new action film starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour and Boyd Holbrook. Check it out below. Plot: Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, he learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime... nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. The new movie is directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout) And is based on a best-selling series of mystery novels. It's set to hit theaters on September 19th. »
Ever since 2008's Taken, Liam Neeson has excelled in playing mature action heroes "with a particular set of skills." In the upcoming A Walk Among the Tombstones, however, it looks like he will display a different skill-set. He's playing Matt Scudder, a former NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator. The character was created by the highly-accomplished novelist Lawrence Block and has been featured in a long-running series of books. In this big-screen edition, Scudder is hired by drug dealer Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) to investigate the kidnapping and murder of his wife. The first trailer looks like Scudder's investigation will take him to dangerous places and lead to encounters with dangerous people. Scott Frank (The Lookout) wrote the screenplay and directed. The movie...
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