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A Walk Among the Tombstones is a tidy, character-forward procedural offering up Liam Neeson in this year’s second “Liam Neeson movie” working in a more somber, less super-heroic mode than in Non-Stop or the Taken bonanza. A Walk Among the Tombstones finds haunted P.I. Matthew Scudder hunting a couple of sick slashers targeting 1990s New York women in a grim but engrossing dot-connector the likes of which you have certainly seen before, yet is still worth a run due to a well-casted ensemble and the elegant filmmaking of writer/director Scott Frank (he also scripted Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Minority Report) and cinematographer Mihai Malamaire (D.P. on The Master, so that’s enough of a draw for me).
- Gregory Fichter
After a few quiet weeks, business should pick up substantially this weekend. Three major new releases hit theaters, and young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner will likely finish at the front of the pack.Opening at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner is the latest attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that's led to successful franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.For every hit, though, there's at least two misses: in the past two years, the young-adult graveyard includes Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Vampire Academy.Ahead of the weekend, it's pretty clear that The Maze Runner is going to avoid falling in to the latter category. While the existing fanbase is more-or-less on par with other would-be franchises*and much lower than The Hunger Games or Divergent*20th Century Fox has done a good job campaigning to non-readers.Marketing has nicely established the movie's mysterious premise, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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
Liam Neeson's role in Among the Tombstones may be a slight case of real life mirroring the big screen. The actor, who recently spoke about his sobriety in an interview with GQ magazine earlier this year, plays a recovering alcoholic and former detective for the NYPD. E! News caught up with Neeson at the premiere of the flick earlier this week, where we asked how it was to step into the mind of such a troubled character. "It's almost the opposite of Taken, the character is almost the opposite, he's got a very dark interior and he's very unsure of himself. He's working on inner demons from when he was an NYPD cop," Neeson explains on the red carpet. "And he's »
Liam Neeson doesn't look like the kind of man who'd want to kill you. With that charming Irish brogue and those sad eyes, he seems more in the mood for a cozy night indoors with popcorn and Love Actually than the type to go on a murderous rampage. But as his filmography has proven time and again — especially since 2008's Taken turned him into a brooding, soulful action hero — his seemingly calm demeanor is likely what makes him such an efficient, creative killing machine. (If not quite as effective or creative as Jason Statham.) Here's a reminder of the best ways that Neeson, out this weekend in A Walk Among the Tombstones, can kill you. »
- Laura Reineke
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
Liam Neeson may have a very particular set of skills, skills he has acquired over a very long career — one of which is intensely intimidating kidnappers over the phone in crime thrillers. And while the actor does master another chat with a villain in A Walk Among the Tombstones, out Friday, he assures fans that unlicensed private investigator Matt Scudder is noticeably distinct from Taken's Bryan Mills. "It was the opposite of my character in Taken — he's very vulnerable, quite scared and fearful individual, but still tries to do the right thing," Neeson told The Hollywood Reporter at a
- Ashley Lee
“The Maze Runner” is hurtling towards theaters this weekend, with the sleek look of a young adult franchise in the making.
The adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic bestseller mixes a dash of “Lord of the Flies” and a dollop of “The Hunger Games” in its story of a group of teenagers who must outrace some nasty creatures and a dangerous, perpetually shifting labyrinth as they struggle to survive.
Audiences seem to be responding to futuristic saga and the film is on track to debut to north of $30 million across 3,500 locations, 350 of which will be Imax theaters and the same number of premium large format screens.
“That young adult audience is fickle, but if they’re properly marketed to then suddenly you’ve got a big hit on your hands,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Fox, which is backing the $34 million production, is being more conservative and »
- Brent Lang
This weekend, Liam Neeson puts on the growl and attitude for "A Walk Among The Tombstones," but don't expect another "Taken"-eque romp. Instead, the Scott Frank-directed adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel is a surprisingly morally complex look at an ex-cop hired by drug dealers to find a pair of twisted serial killers. It's often grim, but don't worry, Neeson still whips out his gun and takes care of business when he has to. Indeed, it's been a running theme of his films of late, and thankfully, Universal has released this handy chart to document all his on-screen kills in one place. Ranging from "Darkman" to "The Chronicles Of Narnia" to "Taken," Neeson has traveled around the world, cinematically anyway, putting together a helluva body count. Frankly, it's only a matter of time until someone makes a supercut with all of this data, if there isn't one already. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A man walks into a bar... behind him follow gun-toting thugs, sparking a shootout that spills into the street. It's a grand entrance for Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, the creation of novelist Lawrence Block, who leaves the NYPD and quits the booze after going 'Wild West' in the city. Sure, the film is littered with clichés, but a towering performance from Neeson and some delicate artistry from writer-turned-director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Out of Sight and Minority Report) lifts it above bog standard.
Even the opening credits are well-considered, with Neeson framed from below as he descends a flight of steps to finish off one of the gunmen. It's a subtle echo of the cop movies that were playing in the '70s when Block first put pen to paper on the long-running Scudder series, »
In the criminal underworld of France, Frank Martin is known as The Transporter; the best driver and mercenary money can buy. Frank will deliver anything for a price. He abides by 3 simple rules: no names, no questions and no renegotiations.that is until he meets a mysterious and lethal femme fatale Anna (Loan Chabanol), leader of a group of deadly assailants. Stopping at nothing to take down a group of ruthless Russian human traffickers, Anna knows Frank is the best man for the job and holds his father (Ray Stevenson – Thor, Divergent) for ransom to ensure his cooperation. Now Frank and his father are forced to team up with Anna to bring these villains to justice. The Transporter Legacy is a relentless, »
- Gary Collinson
News that Universal had collared Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to reteam for another chapter in the Bourne series is not a surprise. Even while Jeremy Renner took on the series mantle in his brief time under the New Action Hero spotlight he still lived in the shadow of the duo. Now the popular spy series is set to be reborn.
Rumours spun wildly through the production of the underrated Green Zone (mis-sold as a quasi-Bourne IV thanks to a startling lack of faith from the marketing department) that another Bourne film was imminent, that Renner was a stop-gap, that there were more stories to be told. As has been pointed out this morning in the social media fallout it seemed (cinema) Jason Bourne’s story ended with the name David Webb, but Legacy proved there are many more chapters to this story. So, why were Universal so set on the reunion? »
- Jon Lyus
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 »
Spoilers for You’re Next, obviously…
Their latest movie, The Guest, is still out in cinemas (read our reviews here and here) and to promote the movie, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett took part in a Reddit Ama. But while discussing The Guest, they offered up some ideas for a sequel to their home invason horror, You’re Next.
When asked what they would do if they were to put together a sequel, the duo answerd, “We had a cool idea that involves Erin being blamed for the first film’s murders. She escapes from a prison van and has to fight off attackers related to the first film’s Lamb Mask in the woods while she is still handcuffed to several other criminals from the transport vehicle. Of course it would get way more complicated than that but that would be the starting point.”
The Guest is »
- Luke Owen
Liam Neeson has long been a favorite of mine. All the way back to his performance in Suspect . and well before . he has proven to be one of the most powerful actors working in the business. The past few years of course he has become a modern day action hero with Taken and he kicked serious wolf ass in The Grey. He has even charmed the young ones with his terrific work in The Lego Movie. In A Walk Among The Tombstones, Neeson is at his best. In this thrillingly suspenseful film he creates a »
"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love. One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, »
- Drew McWeeny
While at a DVD and Blu-ray signing at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo Brothers were on hand to answer questions from fans who all came in a variety of cosplay.
When asked by Coming Soon about cameos in the movie, the Russos talked about a particular truck that may be driven by a Marvel Universe vigilante who could be getting their own One-Shot down the line. According to the brothers, when Nick Fury is being attacked in the streets, a yellow Penske truck slams into his attackers and then later on in the movie, when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, he is hit by the very same Penske truck. They then gave a very tongue in cheek response to indicate this person may be someone we recognise…
“The man who drives that truck is very highly trained,” joked Joe Russo. “He thinks on his own terms. »
- Luke Owen
Another year, another Fantastic Fest, another Keanu Reeves action film. This is starting to become a routine. Back in 2013, the Matrix star’s directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, enjoyed its premiere at the Austin centered genre movie bonanza; he yielded the spotlight on that picture to his friend and instructor, Tiger Chen, but still took the opportunity to remind us all that he’s still got it by strutting his martial arts stuff at the end. Three hundred and sixty five days later and Reeves is back at the festival with John Wick, which sounds dopier but looks even crazier based on the above trailer.
At a glance, John Wick is a direct product of the “unretiring” action trend that Liam Neeson helped kickstart with the Taken series: take a former killing machine who has been out of the game for a while, give him a serious ...
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- Andy Crump
Liam Neeson may currently hold the crown as cinema’s revenge thriller king, but this week sees the release of a film whose main protagonist could give Neeson’s Bryan Mills a run for his money.
Set amongst the snowy Norwegian mountains, In Order of Disappearance (or ‘Kraftidioten’) sees director Hans Petter Moland team-up with Stellan Skarsgård for the fourth time. Playing recent Citizen of the Year, Nils, his son’s murder soon becomes the catalyst for cold-blooded revenge and a run-in with the Mafia.
We chatted to Moland about his action-packed black comedy, discussing his stylistic choices, the significance of humour amongst the bullets and who would win in a Skarsgård vs. Neeson face-off.
You’ve worked with Stellan Skarsgård on a number of occasions and he also acts as a producer on this film. Was he always your first choice to play Nils?
Yes. We’re good pals »
- Emma Thrower
It was the huge success of Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables back in 1987 that made Hollywood realise that vast amounts of money could be mined from a middle-aged audience by revisiting their childhood nights spent in front of the television. Fellow 1950s TV stalwart Dragnet arrived the same year to lesser acclaim – pairing Dan Aykroyd’s stoic Joe Friday against Tom Hanks’s impossibly-named Pep Streebeck – but the ball kept rolling.
In the 1990s, the ‘movie version of the classic 1960s TV show’ became a genre of its own. Some were huge hits (The Fugitive, Maverick), some spawned brand new franchises (Mission: Impossible, The Addams Family), some were absolute disasters (The Avengers, Wild Wild West). The best of them cooked up something fresh and new from the old ingredients, creating something with pan-generational appeal. If the recipe was right, there were huge dividends to reap.
Strange then that the »
- Cai Ross
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