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Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes Non-Stop, a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service who views his assignments not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip – shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes…
Given Liam Neeson’s current status as action-star extraordinaire, it’s not to hard to determine just what to expect from Non-Stop: plenty of action, Liam Neeson waxing lyrical about the situation and »
- Phil Wheat
February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and once again the month exhibited one of the most peculiar phenomena in the world – no, not a leap year, but cramming the the largest number of terrible movies into the shortest month possible. Peter Travers is, of course, on the case, breaking out his prized scum bucket to dispose of the worst of the worst, and for everyone's sake he's limited himself to just ten awful February films.
First into the scum bucket is Vampire Academy, which Travers »
There are some actors who define the action genre. Actors whose steely gaze can make villains tremble; who could blow up a tank with a single flex of their bicep. And then there are the other types: those who came out of nowhere – those who you would sooner expect in a teen comedy or a cheesy romance than a rip-roaring, explosion-packed extravaganza.
So remember that Tom Hardy forged himself into a human wrecking ball for Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, but before that he was a skinny beanpole who wouldn’t have a chance against Alfred in a street fight (let alone Batman). Before Jason Statham turned himself into a rinse-and-repeat action megastar, he was a diver and a model.. and although he was entertaining in Lock, Stock, he wasn’t exactly the picture of an action hero.
So here is a tribute to the latter. Here »
- Mike Revell
Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment
• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
• More on the UK box office
Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »
- Charles Gant
Director Riley Stearns now lives in L.A. but was raised in the Austin area (Pflugerville, if you're being picky). His short film The Cub premiered at Sundance last year (and screened locally at the Hill Country Film Festival), and his feature film debut, Faults, will premiere at SXSW this March. This drama, which Stearns also wrote, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as a young woman whose family hires deprogrammer Ansel (Leland Orser, Taken) to remove her from a cult.
The cast also includes Lance Reddick (from the recently-ended sci-fi series Fringe) and Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) along with Slackerwood favorite and prolific character actress Beth Grant (here's a podcast interview she did with us a while ago).
Before SXSW starts Friday, Stearns paused to talk to us via email about his new movie, working with his wife, and filming in hotel rooms.
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- Elizabeth Stoddard
Liam Neeson has a specific set of skills. Namely, he can look stern and kick ass. We didn't always know he had this capability. He was a doctor alongside Jodie Foster in Nell. He was Mr. Schindler in Schindler's List. But I've never seen either of those films, one of which is my dirty movie secret (the definition of a dirty movie secret is the film you should be most ashamed that you haven't seen). In 2008, we felt the Neeson Shift as historians call it. He starred in Taken, and with the help of a tight, basic script cowritten by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel, Neeson had a new direction. It hasn't stopped. That's right, his direction is nonstop, which is probably why they named his new film Non-Stop. The Lead Taken...
- Jeff Bayer
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
I like Liam Neson. I like that he decided to flip the switch on his career and sort of reinvent himself. I actually like the A-Team damn it! With that being said, I am very frustrated by some of the roles Liam Neeson takes (minus the A-Team). I feel like his path with the Taken films, Unknown and now Non-Stop, he’s basically playing the same character. It’s his John McClane if you will, for which he’s quite good and which makes what I’m about to say that more frustrating…these action films that he has chosen to reinvent himself in have all been awful…Awful. Maybe I’m being too harsh and not enjoying them for the escapist 2 hour fun they all intend to be and given the money that each film has made, »
- Craig Dietz
People love to watch Liam Neeson fighting to get out of impossible situations. Taken, Taken 2, Unknown and The Grey all opened at number one. This weekend continued the tradition with Non-Stop banking $30 million for an easy number one. Second place went to Son of God which banked $26 million. That's a noticeably lower opening from the last feature film about Jesus, The Passion of the Christ, which debuted with $83 million back in 2004. After three weekends at number one The Lego Movie was finally toppled, dropping to third place. But adding $21 million to its total, the animated feature cruised past the $200 million mark. Frozen spent its 15th weekend in the top ten and is nearing the $400 million line in domestic sales. Internationally it passed the billion dollar mark, joining an elite group of just seventeen other movies to achieve that level of sales. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
Liam Neeson may not have become a full-fledged action star until he was in his mid-50s, but the man is proving downright unstoppable at the box office. Neeson’s latest action outing, Non-Stop, bested the competition this Oscar weekend with a stronger-than-expected $30 million opening, knocking The Lego Movie out of the No. 1 spot it had held for three straight weeks and topping the weekend’s other major debut, Son of God, which took second place with $26.5 million.
- Josh Rottenberg
A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The Lego Movie. The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles. In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend. What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky. Title Weekend Total 1. Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30 2. Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5 3. The Lego Movie $21,015,000 $209.3 4. The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6 5. 3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7 6. Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2 7. Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7 8. Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7 9. About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7 10. Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1 Leading up to this weekend’s opening, few were sure where Son of God would land. Fox said it was expecting around $15 million, which would have been a big win for a glorified TV movie. Instead, Son of God brought in an estimated $26.5 million from 3,260 locations – topping the movie’s reported budget of $25 million. »
- Nicole Pedersen
Do Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills involving beating Jesus to the top of the American box office pile? It would appear that they do, because mid-air thriller Non-Stop has survived a mixed critical reaction to land at the top of the charts for this Oscar weekend.The new thriller, which re-teams Neeson with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, finds him squarely in his current Action Man comfort zone, and audiences obviously wanted to see him put the hurt on more bad guys. The film took in $30 million in the Us alone, which might not quite be on a par with the second Taken, but improves on Unknown’s launch. We firmly expect development of 17 different vehicles for Neeson’s gruff bullet-flinging type to crank into development once Monday dawns. Jesus, meanwhile, managed many miracles, but he didn’t make it past Neeson and co, with new Biblical pic »
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office. February came to a close with two more new movies and unlike last week where neither of them made much of a mark, both of this weekend's new movies did decent enough business to take first and second place in a fairly heated race. Winning the weekend was Liam Neeson's latest action-thriller Non-Stop (Universal) with an estimated $30 million, as the plane-based movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra ( Unknown ) took full advantage of Neeson's popularity as an action star from the "Taken" movies to bring audiences into theaters. »
Washington, March 2: Liam Neeson has revealed that he is "pissed off" at NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry as it's inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.
The veteran actor claimed that the carriage drivers treat the horses like their own children. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
Marking the 14th straight weekend of improved grosses over 2013 (going back to Thanksgiving), two less-heralded new releases scored strong Friday returns. Number one for the day at $10 million is the French/Us co-production "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson, with domestic rights acquired by Universal. Close behind at #2 is "Son of God" (Twentieth Century Fox), a theatrical version of the successful cable miniseries "The Bible" from last year, which took in $9.4 million for the day. The top 10 grossed $31 million, up from $26 million last year. Both new films are initial triumphs for their lead participants. This Oscar weekend seems 180 degrees away from these films' bread-and-butter mainstream elements. "Non-Stop" was co-produced by veteran Joel Silver, who last year terminated a relationship with Warner Bros. that went back decades. Working with StudioCanal, a leading European company, "Non-Stop" replicates the formula that made the two "Taken" films a success -- placing Liam Neeson »
- Tom Brueggemann
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
With an expected $30 million weekend bow, the action-thriller is on track to crumble Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow’s “The Lego Movie.” Neeson is up against himself at the B.O. as he voiced Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop in “Lego.”
Aside from breaking the toon’s three-week winning streak, the pic is also stopping Fox’s “Son of God” in its tracks. “Non-Stop” took $10 million Friday, while “Son of God” secured $9.4 million, putting it on track for $25 million. “Lego,” on the other hand, earned $4.4 million (down about 39%). This will likely raise its domestic cume to $192.7 million.
The win, which exceeds already high expectations, further solidifies Neeson’s status as a bona fide box office draw. “Non-Stop” (budgeted at $50 million) flew above the B.O. gross of “Taken,” the film that reinvigorated his action career. The first movie »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Washington, March 1: Liam Neeson has revealed that he was really disappointed by the Canadian ski resort who failed to reach out to him after his wife Natasha Richardson died in a tragic accident there in 2009.
The 'Taken' star said that he received a couple thousand, sympathy cards, emails, and stuff from all over the world, but there was none from the ski resort where Richardson had the tragic accident, E! Online reported.
Neeson opened up about his loss during a TV interview with Anderson Cooper and said that his wife's death still doesn't feel "real" to him.
The 45-year-old actress had sustained a traumatic. »
- Meeta Kabra
We Are What We Are (18)
The story of an archaic backwoods family with very good reasons for their insularity, this spends such a long time laying out its twisted domestic set-up, it's almost as if it's in denial about being a horror movie (remade from a Mexican original). It's a wise decision. If you don't know the family's Big Secret already, it would be a shame to spoil it; let's just say it pulls the story into real shock and gore territory.
The Book Thief (12A)
- Steve Rose
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